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Len Ashley, 76, sales rep served in National Guard

December 21, 2023

Leonard E. Ashley Jr. of Surfside Beach died Dec. 13 at his home, “Beach Music.” He was 76.

Known as Len, he was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Chester, the son of Leonard E. Ashley and Allie Hathcock Ashley. He was raised by his stepmother, Mossie Ashley, after his mother died young. He graduated from Chester High School, where he played football and was in the band, and the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He joined the S.C. Army National Guard after graduation and served for 25 years, retiring as a major. 

Mr. Ashley worked as a medical sales representative for Johnson & Johnson. He retired from PSS World Medical. Having lived in Columbia, during his working career, he retired to Surfside Beach. He was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. He enjoyed travel, USC football, being with friends and family around the pool at “Beach Music,” and walking his dog, Cookie, on the beach.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Ashley; his son, Elliott Ashley (Carla) and granddaughter, Cullum Ashley, of Columbia; his stepson, Ed Parler (Elizabeth) and grandchildren, Walker, Emma, Emerson and Eleanor Parler,  of Pawleys Island.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church with  interment in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to Tidelands Community Hospice, 259 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440

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Robert M. ‘Beaver’ Balding, 88, former LCC golf director

December 21, 2023

   Robert Mathews “Beaver” Balding, 88, of Litchfield passed away on Dec. 15, 2023.  

   Beaver was born Dec. 28, 1934 in New York.  He was the son of Dorothy Davis and Barney Balding.  He grew up in Old Brookville, Long Island, on a family estate where his grandfather, Joe Davis, had racing stables and then his father, Barney, managed them later as boarding and riding stables.  His father Barney and two of his brothers were very well-renowned polo players in England and in the United States.  

Beaver’s family began wintering Aiken in 1940 when he was a young boy and he attended Aiken Prep School, where he excelled in many sports.  During his school years in Aiken, and later, at boarding school at St. Marks, in Southboro, Mass., Beaver participated in horseback riding, golf, baseball, basketball, track, archery, tennis and bicycle polo.  He became most talented at golf though and was a Junior Champion in Long Island at the Creek Club and won a Pro-Am at age 16.   He won many tournaments, several times taking the Mother-Son titles with his mother, Dot, who was also an excellent player.  Beaver was a scratch golfer and had 6 holes in one.  He spent much of his lifetime playing with friends and family.

   Beaver served in the Army after attending the University of Houston.  He was with American Express Company, managed the Georgetown Airport and was the Director of Golf at Litchfield Country Club.

 In 1962, Beaver moved to the coast of South Carolina where he would spend the rest of his life.  For many years, he volunteered with Pawley’s Island-Litchfield Rescue, where he  drove the ambulance, winning the driver of the year award from 1998-2003.  He was also the Assistant Chief in 2004. He served on the Georgetown Hospital Foundation board for several years and was the longest living member of the Litchfield Country Club. He was instrumental in running the Litchfield Labor Day Classic which was a great amateur tournament for many years.

    Beaver always had a twinkle in his eye and such a great sense of humor.  He loved learning new things and  helping people in any way he could.  He loved his family and loved spending time with Sharon, his longtime girlfriend.   

   Beaver is survived by his daughter, Dawn Balding Pate (Fen); his son, Robert Mathews “Matt” Balding Jr. (Eve); a stepson Phillip Vanderbilt Brady;  grandchildren Allston Pate Shore (Royall), Emerson Fennell Pate, Margaret Pringle Balding, Sara Mathews Balding and one great-grandson, Robert Royall Shore. He was predeceased by a brother, Bruce Balding, and a stepson, Kenneth Parsons Brady.  He is also survived by the love of his life, Sharon McCullough,  with whom he shared many wonderful experiences and memories over the past 20 years.

Mayer-Etheridge Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Donations may be made to St. Francis Animal Center or Midway Fire and Rescue.

Robert E. Brown, 76, former teacher and coach

December 14, 2023

Robert Eugene Brown of Pawleys Island died Dec. 5. He was 76.

He was born March 4, 1947, the son of Harold Eugene and Mae Irene Kerr Brown. He graduated from Shenango High School in New Castle, Pa., in 1965 and attended Clarion University, where he earned a degree in mathematics in 1969. He married Dorothy Anne Irvine on April 25, 1970. 

Mr. Brown’s passion for education and shaping young minds led him to a fulfilling career at Neshannock School District, where he taught from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. Beyond the classroom, he was Neshannock’s head tennis coach, compiling nearly 300 wins, and the assistant cross country coach with well over 100 victories.  During his offseason he took pride in running the scoreboard for football and basketball.  

In retirement, Mr. Brown’s days were filled with rounds of golf, gambling and the combination of gambling while golfing. He kept his golf game sharp by wintering with his wife in South Carolina each year.  Also, he was never one to shy away from new challenges and experimented with various recipes in the kitchen.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Amy Hilton (James) and Lance Brown (Laura); his grandchildren, Riley, Quinn and Tierney Hilton, and Kelvin Brown; his sister, Nancy Borger (Don); his brothers, Richard Brown and Martin Brown (Ginger); and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Tuesday in New Castle  by Pastor Josh Watts of City Church. 

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, for whom he was a regular blood donor.

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Linda Sandoe, 85, married her junior high sweetheart

December 14, 2023

Linda Lou Knight Sandoe of Georgetown died Monday in Pawleys Island, surrounded by her family. She was 85.

She was born Jan. 3, 1938, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Audrey Norbury and John E. Knight. 

She worked as a legal secretary before marrying William E. Oberst in 1958 and relocating to Georgetown. Married for 30 years, they raised three children and started and ran a successful business together. 

At age 70, Linda reconnected with her junior high school sweetheart, Paul W. Sandoe, whom she married in 2009 on her 71st birthday. They enjoyed nearly 15 happy years together in Georgetown.

Mrs. Sandoe was of strong Christian faith and she lived and demonstrated it every day. 

Baptized an Episcopalian, she was a member of All Saints Church and Wayne Methodist Church and Victory Christian Fellowship in Georgetown. 

She loved to sing in church, where her beautiful voice could be heard above those around her, and she always sang with a big smile on her face.

Mrs. Sandoe was known for her generosity and thoughtfulness, and she found no greater pleasure than doing for others.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by  her children, Patricia Oberst Whitney of Union, William E. Oberst Jr. of Pawleys Island and Michael Alan Oberst of Georgetown and their spouses; her grandsons, Michael David Oberst of New York and William English Whitney III of Columbia and their spouses; her great-grandson, William English Whitney IV; her sister-in-law, Loretta Knight; her nieces and nephews, John Knight, George Knight and Janet Lee; and her step-daughters, Debbie Bruce and Janet Brown. 

Her brother, John W. Knight, died before her.

Her family will receive visitors from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Mayer-Etheridge Funeral Home. 

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pawleys Island Chapel, followed by a private family burial service at Pennyroyal Gardens in Georgetown. 

A guest book is available at 

Memorials may be made to Helping Hands of Georgetown (

Her family thanked her caregivers, Ella Graham and Edith Weaver, and the caregiving staffs of The Landings of Georgetown and Arbor Landing of Pawleys. 

Eddy Cusack, 70, retired from IP after 43 years

December 7, 2023

Charles Edward Cusack Jr. of Murrells Inlet died Dec. 1 at his home. He was 70.

Known as Eddy, he was born Feb. 13, 1953, in Jesup, Ga., the son of  Charles Edward Cusack and Cecile Virginia Cusack. He grew up in Andrews and moved to Garden City in the mid 1970s.  He was employed with International Paper Co. Container Division in Georgetown for 43 years.  

Mr. Cusack enjoyed working in his yard, taking great pride in keeping the lawn well-manicured.  He had a love for cooking and animals. 

He was remembered as a man of few words who had a bigger-than life-heart and was always willing to help others.

He is survived by hi wife of 32 years, Debra Leviner Cusack; his daughter, Dawn Cusack (Jami Lafon) of Myrtle Beach; his son, Chris Cusack (Christina) of Pawleys Island; his grandchildren, Ashlyn Hydrick (Tucker) of Seneca, Tanner Newsome of Myrtle Beach, Christopher Cusack of Conway, Delanie Newsome of Myrtle Beach and Callahan Cusack of Pawleys Island; a step-grandchild, Kai Manning of Murrells Inlet; his great-grandchildren, Elliot Weeks and Brooks Hydrick; his sisters, Virginia McElvaney (Ron) of Victoria, Texas, and Beth Piatt (Monty) of Andrews;  three nieces and his mother-in-law, Shirley Leviner of Myrtle Beach.

In addition to his parents, another  grandson, Chandler Newsome, died before him.

A celebration of his life was held Wednesday. Interment was in Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery in Myrtle Beach.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 8406892, Dallas, TX  75284-0692, ( or to All 4 Paws Animal Rescue, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585, (

Condolences may be sent at

Ted McCracken, 80, worked in the music industry

November 30, 2023

Theodore McCracken of Pawleys Island died Nov. 26 at his home. He was 80. 

Known as Ted, he was born June 7, 1943, in Charleston, W.Va., the son of Arnold Nimrod McCracken and Lenna Macel Breeden McCracken.

Mr. McCracken was an entrepreneur and owned a successful business within the music industry for over 15 years. He was also an avid outdoorsman. He could literally fix anything, and he loved helping others. When not working on his yard, he could be found along the sidelines of his grandchildren’s sporting events with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Ann McCracken; son, Russ McCracken of Greenville; a daughter, Tara Joseph (Tim) of Pawleys Island; and four grandchildren, Blake, Lucy, Elizabeth and Matthew.

His sisters, Thelma McCracken and Jerry McCracken Hudson, and his brothers, Dan McCracken, Jim McCracken  and Bill McCracken, died before him.

A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Burroughs Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the prayer service until 8 p.m.

Inurnment will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church columbarium.

Condolences may be sent at

Betty Ann Finneran, 92, started 9-hole golf group

November 23, 2023

Betty Ann Finneran, a former River Club resident, died Nov. 20 in Hamilton, N.J., surrounded by her family. She was 92 and had been living in Cary, N.C.

She was born on Aug. 19, 1931, in New York City, the daughter of James and Anne Wymbs. She graduated from Cathedral High School and the College of New Rochelle, where she majored in mathematics. She worked as an actuary at Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. She married Peter Finneran on April 24, 1954. 

Betty Ann and Pete retired to Pawleys Island, where they were parishioners of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and participated in many social and community events. 

Mrs. Finneran enjoyed her friends and was the founder of the River Club Ladies Nine-Holers golfing group. 

She volunteered at the St. Cyprian’s Outreach Center in Georgetown with one of her closest friends, Rifi Schweder.

Mrs. Finneran was remembered for her commitment to her family, her kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness, patience and devotion to God.

She is survived by her children, Trish Dolan (Jim) and Claire Ferrara (Jimmy);  her grandchildren, Eric Ferrara, Megan Ferrara Harkness, Stephanie Dolan Kingsley and Mackenzie Dolan Valente; her great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Maddox Ferrara, and Cole and Sadie Ferrara Harkness.

In addition to her husband, her son, Stephen, died before her as did her brother, Donald Wymbs, and her sister, Patricia Wymbs Leiper.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or the cystic fibrosis foundation at

Boyd DuMont, 65, co-founder of construction firm

November 16, 2023

Boyd David DuMont of Hagley Estates, co-founder of DuMont Brothers Construction Co., died Nov. 11 surrounded by his family. He was 65.

He was born Jan. 4, 1958, in Malone, N.Y., the second of six children of David and K. Clare DuMont. He grew up in Potsdam, N.Y., and began working at a young age in his father’s construction company. He learned early in life the importance of hard work and the value of a large, loving family. Following graduation from Potsdam High School in 1976, Boyd attended Canton Agricultural and Technical College where he took courses related to the building industry. He soon started working full-time in his father’s business, where he learned the skills of all the different jobs needed to build and remodel homes. 

Mr. DuMont married Suzanne Griffin in 1980. They moved to South Carolina in 1982. He co-founded DuMont Brothers Builders with his father and brother and worked tirelessly to ensure its success. That success was one of his greatest accomplishments. He was also proud of creating, with his wife, a loving and supportive family, all of whom are hard workers and family focused.

In his spare time, he enjoyed being with family and friends, camping in the Adirondacks, boating, playing with his grandkids and completing any and all chores around the house. In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by his children, Nathanael DuMont (Angie), Danielle Hodson (David), Griffin DuMont (Brittany), Adham DuMont (Megan), Brigette DuMont, Victoria DuMont, Noah DuMont and Katelynn DuMont; three grandchildren, Nolan Hodson, Harper DuMont and Luke DuMont; and his siblings, Michael DuMont, Stephen DuMont, Gregory DuMont and Jennifer Pankau. 

In addition to his father, his brother Matthew DuMont died before him. 

A visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Pawleys Island chapel. The family will hold a private service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 402 Singleton Ridge Rd. Conway, SC 29526.

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Cathy Tullos, 66, nurse worked with older adults

November 9, 2023

Cathryn Marie Harrell Tullos of Pawleys Island died Aug. 22 at Waccamaw Community Hospital after a brief illness. She was 66.

Known as Cathy, she was born Dec. 1, 1956, in Selma, Ala., to James and Joyce Harrell. 

She was of the Baptist faith. 

A registered nurse, she was employed with Pruitt Health Services of Norcross, Ga., as a senior nursing consultant for nursing homes in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Most of her 42-year nursing career was spent tending to the needs and well-being of patients under generic care. 

She held a deep conviction that her work was for the betterment and protection of residents in the nursing homes on her watch.

She was previously employed in the intensive care unit of Georgetown Memorial Hospital, before being named director of nursing at Prince George Healthcare in Georgetown and later at Conway Manor, prior to joining Pruitt Health.

Mrs. Tullos received her registered nursing degree in 1991 from the University of South Carolina-Coastal Carolina College, now Coastal Carolina University.  

She also attended college at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Montevallo University and Auburn University-Montgomery. 

She received her licensed practical nursing degree from George C. Wallace Community College in 1980. She received numerous accolades in the field of nursing, and notably served on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She was a fan of athletic programs at Auburn and the University of Alabama before meeting her husband, Jesse Carlton Tullos Jr., a University of Georgia graduate. Her allegiances soon changed to cheering for the Red and Black. She was also a long-time Atlanta Braves fan.

Mrs. Tullos loved the outdoors, especially the beaches of Florida and Alabama in her younger years, and Pawleys Island beach after moving to South Carolina in 1988. 

Her greatest joy in life was her family. She was proud of her two children, and was ecstatic to learn two weeks before her death that she would become a grandmother for the first time.

She loved her many friends, both old and new, as well as her fur babies, Ollie and Hampton.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Jesse Carlton Tullos III (Margaret) of Atlanta; her daughter, Adrienne Tullos Fontenot (Joshua) of Pawleys Island; two brothers, James Harrell of Enterprise, Ala., and the Rev. Michael Harrell of Perdido Beach, Ala.; her special aunt, Elna Scales, formerly of Selma; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Nick Papadea, 81, broker was a Brookgreen volunteer

October 26, 2023

A. Nicholas Papadea of Columbia died Oct. 15. He was 81.

Known as Nick, he was born in Columbia, a son of Nicholas Apostolos Papadea and Marina Capilos Papadea. He graduated from Dreher High School and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in textiles. At Georgia Tech, he was a member of the NROTC, the National Society of Scabbard and Blade and the Sigma Chi fraternity. 

After graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the Navy and stationed in San Diego with his new wife, Mary. He served as a supply officer on the USS Sumner County during the Vietnam War. 

After his service, he returned home and continued his education at the University of South Carolina, earning a MBA. His first job was with Robinson Humphrey in Columbia, and he continued to work as a stock broker until his death. 

Mr. Papadea was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbia and St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach.

He was a passionate volunteer who gave his time to numerous organizations including the Red Cross and Brookgreen Gardens. He loved animals, especially golden retrievers, and could often be found walking in the neighborhood or playing on the beach with one of his beloved dogs.

“Big Nick,” as he was affectionately known, was remembered as a character with a big personality. Everyone who met him undoubtedly has a funny story to tell. He was quick with a smile and a loud greeting, and he was always eager to give a high five.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Lynn Papadea; his son, Dr. Nicholas A. Papadea (Meredith), and grandchildren, Ella Marina Nicholas Papadea and Apostolos Nicholas Papadea, of Murrells Inlet; his sister, Dr. Christine Papadea of Murrells Inlet; his brother, Jim Papadea of Columbia; his nephew, Dr. N. Jim Papadea (Maggie) of Columbia; his niece, Kate Papadea of Columbia; and his sister-in-law, Claudia Swygert (JB) of West Columbia.

 A graveside service will be held at noon today at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Emergency Dental Clinic at Helping Hands of Georgetown, 1813 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Condolences may be sent at

John P. Yaniga, 73, retired from Verizon

October 26, 2023

John Paul Yaniga of Hagley Estates died Oct. 15. He was 73.

He was born Feb. 3, 1950, in Nyack, N.Y., the son of John F. Yaniga and Dorothy Helbig Yaniga. He was a former resident of New City, N.Y. He retired from Verizon and was a member of the Communication Workers of America.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Yaniga; his daughters Jennifer Vaughn  of Williamsville, N.Y., and Stephanie Erickson (Jared) of Holly Springs, N.C.; his twin sister, Ellen Farmer of Congers, N.Y., and his sister, Joann Baskin (Scott) of Pearl River, N.Y.;  his nephews and nieces, Todd Farmer, Richie Bielen, Tanya Farmer, Amy Bielen, Kim O’Brien and Kelly Latka; two great-nieces and three great-nephews.

A funeral mass was held Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial was at Ocean Woods Cemetery in Myrtle Beach.

Memorials may be made to St. Michael Catholic School. 

Bud Knittel, 80, Cubs draft pick became high school coach

October 26, 2023

Henry Thomas Knittel Jr. of the Tradition Club, a former educator and coach, died Oct. 14 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80.

Known as Bud, he was born March 4, 1943, in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., the oldest child of Victoria and Henry Knittel, who was also known as Bud. He grew up in Franklin Square, Long Island. 

Young Bud was an extraordinary athlete and a fierce competitor, and he earned a basketball scholarship to St. John’s Prep. He was named to the 1961 All-New-York-City Basketball Team and accepted a basketball scholarship at Holy Cross, where he also played baseball. While at Holy Cross, he pitched in the famed summer Cape Cod Baseball League, and was reputed to have pitched balls at 95 mph. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Holy Cross and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs, where he pitched in the minor leagues for one year.

When his oldest child was born, he left the Cubs to start a long career that included his love for sports, coaching, teaching and counseling. 

Mr. Knittel took a job as English teacher and basketball coach at LaSalle Military Academy on Long Island. He and his first wife, Janice, then moved to Fairfield, Conn., where they raised their four children. 

Mr. Knittel worked as a guidance counselor and basketball coach at Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Conn., and led his team to win the MBIAC Basketball Championship in 1976.  He then became a guidance counselor and basketball coach at Andrew Warde / Fairfield Warde High School in Fairfield, Conn., where he finished out his career. 

Mr. Knittel was a thoughtful and empathetic counselor to generations of Warde students and was passionate about helping them find their best fit in college and in life.

Over the course of his career, he also earned master’s degrees in English, counseling and special education.

Mr. Knittel was a scratch golfer for much of his adult life and a two-time club champion at H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield. 

He and Kathy Kenny were married in 1996. They retired to Pawleys Island in 2004 and Mr. Knittel got his long-awaited golden retriever, Harvey. They had many long, happy walks together.

Some of his other joys included lingering over long meals with family and friends, lasagna (he made it every week), red wine, chocolate, a good cup of coffee, reading every newspaper he could find, watching golf on television, buying golf clubs on eBay and quoting passages from Shakespeare.

 A life-long Catholic, he found meaning and comfort in his faith.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Jackie (Chuck); his brother, Richard; his children Christie (Charles), Robin (Howard), Marcelle and Gary; his grandchildren, Jack (Ivy), Matthew, Kate, Max, Tucker and Isabella; and his nieces, Kim, Kristen, Casey and Katie.

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

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or to Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

Sandy Graham, 82, former jewelry company executive

October 26, 2023

Campbell L. Graham of DeBordieu  died Oct. 16 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital following a short illness. He was 82

Known as Sandy, he was born May 18, 1941, the son of John C. “Jack” Graham and Mary Luke “Polly” Graham. He was raised in Bedford, N.Y., and attended the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y. He graduated from St Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., in 1958. After a year at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., he attended Williams College, where he earned a degree in Spanish in 1963.

He then joined the Army, serving in the military police. The highlight of his time in the Army was helping ensure the peace during Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, where Army MPs dressed as National Guardsman so as not to incite the crowds.

In 1968, he met Christie Krementz in Paget, Bermuda. They married in 1970.

Mr. Campbell found a passion for gemstones, and could recount the history, lore  and origin of practically all types from around the world. He was vice president of both Krementz & Co. and Krementz Gemstones, in Newark, N.J., where he worked for 40 years. Krementz & Co., founded in 1866, was one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of men’s and women’s jewelry in the United States.  

Respected as a gentleman, he loved playing bridge and was an avid golfer, playing at DeBordieu, Somerset Hills C.C., in Bernardsville, N.J., and the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. At Somerset Hills, he won the President’s Cup tournament in 1974 and 1986, and with his wife won the Jane Goss Memorial Tournament in 1995.

Mr. Campbell also loved to travel. From England to Paris, Scotland, South Africa and Utah he had a gift for connecting and sharing stories, building friendships wherever he went. 

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his children, Paget of Georgetown, Ian (Priscilla) of Nantucket, Mass., and Eric (Kris) of Park City, Utah; his brother, John C. Graham Jr. (Sharon Kleckner) of St. Paul, Minn.; his grandchildren, Priscilla, Virginia, Charlotte, Luke and Nicholas Graham; and a step-grandchild, Dougherty. 

His sister, Margot Graham Lord Moncure, died before him.  

A memorial service will be held Nov. 4 at 10 a.m., at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to Special Olympics.

Susan Gibbons, 74, real estate agent

October 19, 2023

Susan Gibbons of Litchfield Country Club died Oct. 16 surrounded by loved ones. She was 74.

She was born Nov. 11, 1948, in Hackensack, N.J., the daughter of Fred and Rhoda Bohrman. She spent her early years in Wilkes Barre, Pa., before her family settled down in Cheltenham, where she completed high school. She studied at Penn State, hitchhiked through Europe and taught special education. 

Mrs. Gibbons lived an adventurous life, sharing most of those adventures with her husband, James “Gibon” Gibbons, whom she met in San Francisco. They moved across the country and made their home in Pawleys Island. She became a highly successful real estate agent who prioritized her relationships with clients. 

Simply being a good person and sharing kindness were her guiding life principles, her family said. When she faced her own health decline,  she did so with bravery and grace. 

She is survived by her nieces, Casey,  Jenny,  Amanda and Rebecca; her nephew, David; her brother and sisters-in-laws, Fred, Lynne and Evalyn; and Mr. Gibbon’s nieces and nephew, Dave Gibbons,  Susan Bachtle and Paul Gibbons. 

Mr. Gibbon died before her, as did her brother, Jeffrey.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at her home.

Beatrice P. Baswell, 86, loved the adventurous life

October 19, 2023

Beatrice Phipps Baswell of Murrells Inlet died Oct. 12 at her home. She was 86.

She was born May 8, 1937, in Huntington, W.Va., the daughter of Lillian Howard and Beecher Phipps.

A former resident of Mooresville, N.C., Mrs. Baswell enjoyed spending time painting, gardening, boating and traveling. She and her husband  traveled to every state, many of them by RV. She loved living a life of adventure and exploration.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Kenneth Orville Baswell; her children, Theresa Harrington Gettings of Murrells Inlet, David Jacques Harrington Jr. (Sherry) of Charlotte, Daryl Ryan Harrington (Nimfa) of Milpitas, Calif., Kenneth Wayne Baswell of Matthews, N.C., Bryan Keith Baswell (Gloria) of Coral Springs, Fla., and Shawn Gregory Baswell (Marla) of Mint Hill, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at Florence National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at 

Condolences may be sent at

Holli H. Fowler, 66, award-winning radio personality

October 19, 2023

Holli Hatchell Fowler of Murrells Inlet died Oct.  3 at her home.  She was 66.

She was born Aug. 16, 1957,  in Spartanburg, the daughter of Ed and Ann Hatchell. She spent her early life in Gold Hill, N.C.

She was a photographer in the Army, an actress, artist, radio personality and lover of all things beautiful.  She directed and acted in many productions at the Florence Little Theater, Main Street Theater in Conway, Murrells Inlet Community Theater, Midtown Theater in Charleston, Unto These Hills in Cherokee, N.C., and “Always Patsy Cline” at The Palace and Savoy theaters in Myrtle Beach.  

In 1996 and 1997, she was named Radio Personality of the year (Holli Heart and the character “Liza Louise”) by the S.C. Music and Entertainment Association and the S.C. Broadcasters Association.  

She was passionate about charity during her time on the air and took advantage of any opportunity to raise money for the American Heart Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation and local families in need.  In 2010, she received an associate’s degree with honors in human services from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

Whether she was playing the spoons to a favorite blues jam, treasure hunting at yard sales and antique stores, or stopping on the side of the road to dig up wildflowers or take a picture of the sunset, Mrs. Fowler always did her best to appreciate and experience the beauty of life, and freely offered love, wisdom and encouragement to those around her, her family said.

She is survived by her children, Joshua Fowler of Myrtle Beach and David Chastain of Seattle; her grandchildren, Ava Chastain, Henry-David Chastain, Ezekiel Fowler and Ezra Fowler;  her siblings, Susan Averitt of Rock Hill, Trey Morgan of Sumter and Merry Morgan of Darlington.

In addition to her parents, her stepfather, Jack Morgan, died before her

A celebration of her life will be held in Gold Hill and Murrells Inlet at a later date.

There is a guest book at

Betsy Brabson, 69, artist became leader in sea turtle protection

October 19, 2023

A walk on the beach in the summer of 1991 changed Betsy Brabson’s life. She and her family and just moved to DeBordieu from Charlotte. She saw a crowd and went to investigate.

Jeff McClary, co-founder of S.C. United Turtle Enthusiasts, was doing a nest inventory.

“He pulled three sea turtles out of the ground, and it just changed me,” she recalled in a 2005 interview. “It was so amazing. I didn’t know turtles even nested on beaches.”

Over the next 30 years, she became a leading sea turtle monitor and advocate for their protection, earning international recognition along the way.

Besty Brabson died Oct. 7 after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 69.

Elizabeth Newman Brabson was born May 6, 1954, in Charlotte, the oldest child of Helen and Wallace Newman. She attended Myers Park High School, St. Mary’s School and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where she graduated with an art degree. She was a member of Pi Phi sorority, and at each of these stops along the way, she forged lifetime friendships. She loved the beach and spent her summers working in Pawleys Island, so it was only natural that she would one day become a permanent resident. 

After moving to DeBordieu, she quickly put her art talents to work with screen printed T-shirts that showcased her personalized Lowcountry scenes and wildlife, and it always brought a smile to her face when she saw people wearing them from Myrtle Beach to Mount Pleasant and beyond.

After encountering McClary, Mrs. Brabson and her husband, Bill, became SCUTE members. She volunteered to walk the undeveloped Hobcaw Beach five days a week. She became the SCUTE coodinator for DeBordieu in 1995, which turned out to be a record year for nests.

“I asked myself what have I gotten into,” she said in a 2014 interview.

She assembled and trained a family of volunteers who were just as passionate as she was.

In 2001, she raised the alarm about the impact an invasive landscape plant, beach vitex, whose dense roots were blocking the ability of nesting turtles to dig in the dunes. 

She took her concerns to state and federal agencies, which formed a beach vitex task force to eradicate the plants. Mrs. Brabson was named the coordinator.

In 2010, she and McClary led a state-sponsored project to reduce the threat of feral hogs to sea turtle nests on North Island. She received an award for her volunteer efforts in 2013 from the International Sea Turtle Society for her contributions to their conservation.

When asked about her credentials, Mrs. Brabson would simply reply, “I’m just an art major from Chapel Hill, trying to make a difference.”

She was remembered as a beautiful soul, as pretty on the inside as she was on the outside, always a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. 

In addition to her husband of 43 years; she is survived by her son, Wylie, of Mooresville, N.C.; her daughter, Tyler, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; and her two brothers, Wallace (Jo) and Compie (Catherine) of Charlotte.

A funeral service will be held Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Prince George Winyah Church with a celebration of her life to follow on the waterfront at the Georgetown Maritime Museum.  The preferred attire is a Betsy Brabson T-shirt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sea Turtle Rescue at the S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston SC 29401 or Saint Mary’s School, Class of 1974 Endowed Scholarship Fund, 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh NC 27603.

William A. Renault, 91, avid golfer took to the stage

October 19, 2023

William Alan Renault of the Tradition Club died Oct. 6 at Embrace Hospice House in Myrtle Beach. He was 91.

He was born June 4, 1932, in Manhattan, the son of William Ambrose Renault and Eileen Patricia Renault.  He grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Mount St. Michael High School. He worked for a brokerage firm while taking college classes at night, but enlisted in the Army at the start of the Korean War.

He trained in tanks at Fort Knox, Ky., and was sent to officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Ga. After his discharge at the end of the war, he stayed in the South and married his wife, Jeanette, in Atlanta in 1955.

Mr. Renault worked in the women’s clothing industry as a product and sales manager for Vanity Fair Mills and national sales manager for Totes.

He moved around the country during his career and completed his education with a master’s degree in business administration from California State University.

Mr. Renault was an avid golfer, which led him to retire to the Tradition Club, where he was secretary of the men’s group for many years and a member of the Gold Tees group.

He was also engaged in the community as a board member of the Waccamaw Neck Civic Association and the Waccamaw Neck Council of POAs, following land use and traffic issues.

Mr. Renault also took up theater, performing with the Murrells Inlet Community Theater and the Swamp Fox Players.

“That was something that was a latent interest,” his wife said. “He loved the theater.”

He had lead roles in “On Golden Pond” and “The Sunshine Boys.”

“You don’t get too many opportunities to play really strong characters at my age,” he said of his role as Norman Thayer in “On Golden Pond” in a 2004 interview.

Mr. Renault was appointed to the Georgetown County Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, representing arts and cultural interests.

He was also a Sir Knight in the Knights of Columbus and was active in raising funds for the community and for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Georgetown. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, PaulKelly Renault (Trina) of Pawleys Island; and his sister-in-law, Judy Good of Manhattan.

His brother, Robert Renault, died before him.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice House, 175 Village Center Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC  29579.

Thomas M. Molnar, 81, pharmacist for four decades

September 21, 2023

Thomas Michael Molnar of Hopkinton, N.H., and Pawleys Plantation died Aug. 31. He was 81.

He was born Nov. 3, 1941, in Morristown, N.J., the son of Anne and Emil Molnar. 

He graduated from Morristown High School and Fordham University. He then began a 40-year career as a pharmacist at Molnar Pharmacy, which his father started in the 1940s. Tom became the proprietor in the 1970s and retired in 2004.

He was married to the former Mary Sue Howe. In 1971. they moved to Morris Plains, where they raised their two sons and made many life-long friends with whom they played tennis, ping pong, cards or just enjoyed talking on quiet summer evenings. 

They moved to Morris Township in 1986 where Mr. Molnar had a chance to garden and developed a passion for growing roses. 

Mr. Molnar took up golf after retiring to Pawleys Island. He received support from friends in the community and at church during his eight-year struggle with pulmonary fibrosis and a lung transplant nearly six years ago. 

He was happiest around people, his family said, and even when his health was failing his eyes would light up whenever he entered a room full of people. 

He is survived by his children, Tim Molnar (Teri) of Mendham, N.J., and Dennis Molnar (Dr. Beth Mayland) of Hopkinton; seven grandchildren; his brothers, Joseph Molnar of Morristown and Richard Molnar of Santa Fe; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Molnar died in 2021. His sister, Anne Marie Molnar, also died before him.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Abbey on the campus of Delbarton School in Morristown at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Slusser Center, 330 Main St., Hopkinton, NH 03229 or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (

Cindy K. Jolliff, 69, funeral home worker was active in church

September 21, 2023

Cindy Kay Jolliff, 69, of Myrtle Beach died unexpectedly on Sept. 11. She was 69.

She was born Nov. 12, 1953, in Huntington, W.Va., the daughter of William J. Walker and Janice Marie Crouch Walker.

Mrs. Jolliff was remembered for her passion for giving back to the community that was shown daily in her work. Over the last nine years, she called the Burroughs Funeral Home family her own. In her free time, she worked at Low Country Community Church in many capacities. Her love for helping and sharing the word of God led her on a journey to Kenya, where God decided to call her home. 

Cindy was a one-of a kind person and will be deeply missed by all who had the honor of knowing her. She will forever be remembered for her passion for sharing God’s love, her bright smile and infectious laugh.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, David Jolliff of Myrtle Beach; her children, Kari Collins (Chris) of Murrells Inlet and Dave Jolliff (Jess) of Surfside Beach; her grandchildren, C.J. Collins, Stella Jolliff and Luke Jolliff and Mackenzie and Shayla Collins; her dog, Oreo; and a large extended family.

In addition to her parents, two brothers, William E. Walker and Fredrick A. Walker, died before her.

A celebration of he life will be held Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. at Low Country Community Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Low Country Community Church/Kenya Kids, 4430 Murrells Inlet Rd., Murrells Inlet SC 29576.

Condolences may be sent at

Marlene J. Henke, 81, avid curler became golf champ

September 21, 2023

Marlene Joyce Henke of Heritage Plantation died Aug. 29 at MacLeod Loris Hospital with her husband by her side. She was 81.

She was born March 5, 1942 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Robert and Ann Schneck. She received all her education in public schools in that city.

Marlene was married for 64 years to Irvine Henke, who was employed in the banking industry for 39 years. That career took them to 12 locations from Western Canada to Montreal, Toronto, New York and Chicago. Throughout these many moves she became an expert at managing the various issues involved in resettling to houses in unfamiliar locations, then furnishing and decorating those homes while getting the children through schools in two countries.

Mrs. Henke frequently said she always loved being a mom. She was a great cook and always cared about family and friends.

In her early years, she was involved in various music activities and became a good pianist. She enjoyed ice skating and in the middle years became an avid curler. Upon retirement to South Carolina she learned to play golf and became proficient enough to win her club championship several times. She made a hole-in-one three times. 

She enjoyed many travels with her husband. Her all-time favorite was probably Salzburg, Austria, a highlight of a trip to Germany.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Warren Henke and Cameron Henke of Denver, Colo.; her sister, Karen Hill (Barry) of Kaslo, B.C.; her grandsons, Alexander Kost of Denver and Matthew Kost of Atlanta; and numerous extended family members.

Her daughter, Linda Kost, died before her.

Funeral and memorial services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County or a charity of your choice.

Agnes J. Freed, 91, former federal employee

September 21, 2023

Agnes Janette Freed of Heritage Plantation died Sept. 11. She was 91.

She was born May 27, 1932. She met her future husband, Dick Freed, on the sidewalk going to school in Washington, D.C. They were married for 72 years living in Springfield, Va., St. Petersburg, Fla., and Columbia and Rockville, Md., before retiring to Pawleys Island. Mrs. Freed was a career civil servant who worked for the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Mrs. Freed was remembered for her smile, her perseverance and her caring nature.

In addition to her husband, Richard Wayne Freed, she is survived by her son, Richard Allen Freed; her grandchildren, Christopher Richard Freed and Emily Clare Freed; and her daughter in-law, Clare Sullivan Freed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amedisys Foundation, 3845 American Way, Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 or St. Peters Lutheran Church, 65 Crooked Oak Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at

Robert W. Farmer, 96, held three patents for bearings

September 21, 2023

Robert W. Farmer of Pawleys Island died Sept. 14 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 96.

He was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Newark, N.J., the son of J. Farmer and Hazel Taylor Farmer. He served in the Navy during World War II. He went on to become the chief engineer for the Orange Roller Bearing Co. and the Beriless Bearing Co. in New Jersey for 45 years. He held three patents in the bearing industry. 

Mr. Farmer was a dance caller for over 50 years with the Farmer Boys Band. 

After retirement, he became a volunteer for Patient Care Ambulance Service and for the DAV and VA, transporting cancer patients for treatment. He also volunteered with Neighbor to Neighbor in Pawleys Island. He donated more than 16 gallons of blood in his lifetime. 

He loved traveling with his wife throughout the U.S. and Europe and spending time with family and friends. 

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Farmer; his daughter, Diane Matthews (Jerry) of Murrells Inlet; his stepdaughter, Shelley Baughman (Dale) of Conway; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Dorothy Cisko Farmer, died before him as did another daughter, Linda Farmer Johnson, and his brother, Jack Farmer.

Mr. Farmer was a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, where a celebration of his life will be held. Service times will be announced once arrangements are finalized. 

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent at

Christopher T. Cochran, 71, owned family print business

September 14, 2023

Christopher T. Cochran of North Litchfield died Sept. 11 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was 71.

He was born Feb. 16, 1952, in Burgaw, N.C., the adopted son of Bill and Dolores Cochran and the biological son of Kathryn Geiger. He played football at the University of Bridgeport, coached at Davidson College and later coached his son’s baseball teams.  He was a New York Yankees fan.  

He married Alice Cochran in 1980. The couple started a printing business where they worked together for over 30 years.  

After moving to Pawleys Island, Mr. Cochran spent many evenings with new and old friends and chasing his granddaughter across the beach.

He was an active member at Christ United Methodist Church in Charlotte, where he volunteered for church functions and spent many nights helping shelter the homeless.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Jonathan Cochran (April) of Lincolnton, N.C., and Matt Cochran (Ashley) of Belmont, N.C.: his granddaughter, Sadie Cochran of Lincolnton;  his siblings, Pete Cochran (Suzanne) of Emerald Isle, N.C., Debby Cochran of Washington, Alfonso Geiger of Tennessee, Beth Olsen (Dan) of Belding, Mich., Lesley Alles (Doug) of Greenville, Mich., and Robert Geiger (Judy) of Belding; and other extended family members.

Another sister, Barbara Geiger, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent at

Drew Robertson, 87, native of Scotland

September 14, 2023

Andrew Robertson of Murrells Inlet died Sept. 5 at his home with his wife by his side. He was 87.

Known as Drew, he was born Jan. 11, 1936, in Scotland, the son of Hugh Robertson and Annie Lindsey-Robertson.  

Mr. Roberston was an avid golfer who enjoyed fishing, judo, hunting and coaching swimming. He was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Ann McCormick-Robertson; his sister, Margaret Pattison of England; his nephews, Lindsey Pattison and Murdie Pattison; his brother, John McCormick (June) of Connecticut; his nieces, Joanna McCormick, Laura McCormick and Natalie Johnson; and his sister-in-law, Veronica Mathieson of Scotland.

A funeral mass will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 ( or to Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Rosemary Wainscott, 84, taught etiquette to MBA students

August 31, 2023

Rosemary Wainscott of Heritage Plantation died Aug. 22 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 84.

She was born Nov. 6, 1938 in Hesler, Ky., the daughter of James A. Rose and Elodia Rose. She married Lloyd Wain-scott Jr. in 1957. 

Mrs. Wainscott was assistant to the dean of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, where she taught classes on etiquette and preparing for the workplace to MBA students and seniors. She also owned her own fashion business, Color One.

The Wainscotts lived in Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado and Maryland before settling in Pawleys Island in 1999.

Mrs. Wainscott was an active member at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.  She loved to cook for family and friends, was an excellent hostess and enjoyed beachcombing for seashells.  

She was also was a book club member, a member and past president of the Low Country Herb Society and Red Hat Lady (Crimson Crown) member.

She is survived by her son, Timothy B. Wainscott (Karen) of Murrells Inlet; her granddaughters, Molly Wainscott Jones (Dusty) of Harleyville; Ashley Remmer (Billy) of Galivants Ferry and Carolyn Johnson Michel (Garrett) of Matthews, N.C.; her great-grandchildren, Stuart, Olivia and John; a brother, Gary Alan Rose (Judy) of Corinth, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Rita Webster; and a brother-in-law, Roger Wainscott. 

Mr. Wainscott died in 2018. Her brothers, Jackie Rose and Danny Rose, died before her as did her sister-in-law, Joanette Lee, and brother-in-law, John Webster.

A celebration of her ife will be held Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent at

Susan H. Bruns, 84, volunteer touched lives

August 31, 2023

Susan Hawkins Bruns of Murrells Inlet died Aug. 24, at her home with her family by her side. She was 84

She was born Feb. 26, 1939, in Timmonsville, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Hawkins. She was remembered as a gentle spirit whose wisdom and love permeated everyone she met and whose love of Jesus radiated from her actions and words. Through her love of travel and meeting people while volunteering, Mrs. Bruns touched lives around the world.  

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Tom Bruns; her children, Carter Bruns of Columbia, Quantz Bruns-Kyler (Karl) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Logan Williams (Craig) of Murrells Inlet and Caroline Howard (Sean) of Townville; her grandchildren, Thomas, Caroline, Lisle, Susanna, Carter and  Nicholas; her great-grandchild, Axel; her sister, Caroline Dargan (Tim) of Darlington; her nephews, Timothy and Ellerbe, and other extended family members.

A celebration of her life will be held Sept. 8 at 3 p.m.  at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s Home ( or All 4 Paws Animal Rescue (

Condolences may be sent at

Michael A. Horgan, 89, Olympic cyclist

August 31, 2023

Michael A. Horgan of Murrells Inlet, a former Olympic cyclist, died Aug. 20 with his family at his side. He was 89.

He was born July 12, 1934, in England. He represented Ireland in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, competing in the sprint and 1,000-meter events.

Mr. Horgan was a mechanical engineer who worked in Manhattan. He raised his children in Rockaway Beach, Queens. He was an avid golfer and member of the Elks Club. He retired to Myrtle Beach in 1998 in pursuit of golf, sandy beaches and meeting up with fellow retirees.

A celebration of his life will be held privately.

Condolences may be sent at

Robert F. DelSolia, 79, truck driver who coached baseball

August 31, 2023

Robert F. DelSolia of the Tradition Club died Aug. 23 at his home with his family by his side. He was 79.

He was born Sept. 10, 1943, in Woburn, Mass., the son of Peter and Belinda DeVito DelSolia. He served in the Marine Corps before going to work as a truck driver for Teamsters Local 25 in Boston. 

Mr. DelSolia was a Little League baseball coach for over 10 years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as grand knight for the Billerica, Mass., council and was a past district warden for Massachusetts. 

In retirement, he enjoyed time on the golf course and was a member of the Tradition golf league. He was also a member of the Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen D. DelSolia; his children, Brian DelSolia (Deborah) of Methuen, Mass., Gena Mitchell of Haverhill, Mass., and Karen Mendieta (Norman) of Moncks Corner; his grandchildren, Kourtney, Amanda, Alyssa, Nicholas, Kayla, Robbie, Jessica and Anthony; his great-grandchildren, Mia, Hannah, Haley, Reece and Macy; his sister, Joanne Emmett of New York; and several nieces and nephews.

His brothers, Peter DelSolia and Paul DelSolia, died before him.

A funeral mass will be held Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Inurnment with military honors will follow in the church columbarium.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Burroughs Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.

There is a guest book at

Robert W. Doggette, 84, workef for International Paper

August 17, 2023

Robert Winston Doggette, a former Georgetown resident, died Aug. 11 in Augusta, Ga., surrounded by his family. He was 84.

He was born July 9, 1939, in Silas, Ala., a son of Clyde and Catherine Doggette. He served in the Navy and worked for International Paper Co., from which he retired.

Mr. Doggette enjoyed bowling, golf and cooking for friends and family.

He is survived by his sons, Wynn Doggette (Rebecca Cunningham) of Augusta and Stephen Doggette (Courtney) of Georgetown; his grandchildren, Abigail Doggette, Trey Doggette, Jamison Doggette, Landon Doggette and Riker Doggette; and a number of extended family.

His brother, Claytis Doggette, and sister-in-law, Judy Doggette, died before him.

 The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Graham Funeral Home. A graveside service will take place shortly after visitation in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be sent at

Joseph L. Conlon, 85, worked on lunar lander

August 17, 2023

Joseph Leo Conlon of Murrells Inlet, who worked on the Apollo lunar lander, died Aug. 1.  He was 85.

He was born Jan. 2, 1938, in Flushing, N.Y., the son of Raymond Conlon and Mary Cooper Conlon. He attended the Flushing, Queens, school district and Wilson Vocational School before moving to Babylon, Long Island, at age 15 and graduating from Babylon High School in 1956.  He served four years in the Navy. He married the former Anna Marie Vesce on Aug. 25, 1963. 

Mr. Conlon spent his professional career at Grumman Aerospace Corp. and was hand selected among a small group of people to work on the Apollo program at NASA. Grumman was the chief contractor on the lunar module, building 13. Mr. Conlon was chief manager in his department and contributed to projects that continue to contribute to global security and human discovery. 

He retired in 1994 after 36 years and moved to Little River. In 2006, he moved to Seasons at Prince Creek.

He was a parishioner at St. Michael Catholic Church. 

Mr. Conlon  was remembered as a man of principles and integrity, high morals and strong work ethic. He was adventurous and funny. He enjoyed golf, the beach, casino trips, parties, riding his bike, walking  and being with his family.  He loved helping people in need.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Mary Conlon Agapito (Dennis) of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and Laura Conlon Kosturi (Tony) of Chapel Hill, N.C.; his grandchildren, Andrew Kosturi and Mira Kosturi; his sister, Barbara Conlon Forbes of Chandler, Ariz.; his sisters-in-law, Madeline Sallop of Sunrise, Fla., and Dorothy Dolce of St. John’s, Fla.; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

His brothers, Roger Conlon and Ronald Conlon, died before him.

Funeral services will be private.

Condolences may be sent at

John O’Boyle, 86, mail carrier was a born storyteller

August 10, 2023

John J. O’Boyle of Pawleys Island, a retired postal worker who had a passion for writing, died July 19. He was 86.

He was born March 28, 1937, in Cleveland, the son of John and Mary O’Boyle. After graduating high school, John served in the Marine Corps before starting a career with the U.S. Postal Service. 

He married his wife Nancy in 1959. They were married for 62 years until her death in 2021.

They raised their four children in Parma, Ohio. While working and raising a family, Mr. O’Boyle went on to complete his bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University. After retirement, the couple built their dream house in Pawleys Island. 

In addition to sitting on the porch with his wife (and a cigar) and golfing, Mr. O’Boyle dedicated time in retirement to his true passion: writing. 

His first book, “Thorns in Acadia,” emerged from his degree work at Cleveland State. 

After moving to Pawleys Island, he expanded some short story ideas he had 15 to 20 years earlier into a novel, “Linking Verbs,” that followed the lives of five women from the Vietnam era to the mid-1980s when they return to Pawleys Island for a reunion. He published it in 2000.

He wrote another novel, “No Stones for the Poet,” that was set in Ireland. Mr. O’Boyle also wrote plays. He was remembered as a born storyteller. 

He  was known for passing on many words of wisdom to those he loved, a favorite among them, “You gotta pull your own wagon.” 

He is survived by his children John O’Boyle (Michelle), James O’Boyle (Robin), Catherine Bartl and Karen O’Boyle; seven grandchildren Kristen (Dennis), Brian (Adrien), Tori (Andy), Anna, Maya, Amber (Nick) and Kyle; and six great-grandchildren Nolan, Reagan, Colton, Riley, Otto and Scott. 

In addition to his wife, his sisters Mary, Nora and Trudy died before him, as did a son-in-law, David Bartl.

His family will honor him with a Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asked you to treat a loved one to dinner and leave a generous tip. That was the John O’Boyle way.

Amelia Muffolett, 86, aspiring doctor became a nurse

August 10, 2023

Amelia Muffolett, a retired nurse, died July 30 at her home at the Lakes at Litchfield. She was 86.  

She was born and grew up in New Bedford, Mass. Her father had immigrated from Graz, Austria, and served in the Army before working as a janitor in the post office.  Her mother was a textile worker who was widowed at a young age with two young daughters to raise. 

Life was difficult for them and Amelia recognized at a young age the value of education. 

After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in Fairhaven, Mass., she moved to Baltimore and entered the St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing. She had wanted to become a physician but did not have adequate resources to do so.  

She became a nurse specializing in geriatric care. She met her husband, Joseph Muffolett, at a dance while he was in law school.  They married and moved to Monkton, Md., where they built a home on 14 acres and maintained it as a farm. 

Mrs. Muffolett wanted her daughters to be educated so that they could always support themselves financially. She remembered how difficult it was for her uneducated mother to survive and support a family. She worked nights at a local nursing home so she could be home when her children came home from school. 

Two graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and one from the Parson’s School of Design. One daughter became a physician, one a lawyer and the other a fashion designer.  

When Mr. Muffolett retired from the Social Security Administration, the couple moved to Pawleys Island and enjoyed their retirement traveling to Europe, cruising in the Caribbean, skiing and visiting the grandkids.  As their health declined, they moved to the Lakes at Litchfield. Mr. Muffolett died in June. 

She is survived by her daughters, Lynda Prince, Amy Hoehn-Saric (Ted) and Nicole Franklin (John); eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be scheduled. 

There is a guest book at

Kay Floyd, 89, major donor to institutions

July 20, 2023

Kay Baker Floyd of Florence and Pawleys Island, a businesswoman who was a benefactor of institutions around the state, died July 16 in Florence surrounded by her family.  She was 89.

She was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Timmonsville, the daughter of Hazel Coleman Baker and Andrew William Baker. 

She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Raleigh and the University of South Carolina. 

Mrs. Floyd ran one of the largest farming operations in the state  and was business manager for one of the first vascular laboratories in South Carolina. 

She also made great contributions to Florence as well as the state, which led to the naming of the Floyd Conference Center in Florence and the Kay and Eddie Floyd Football Building at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. 

She was a founding member of Arts Alive at Francis Marion University.

She took pride in being able to host many important figures in her home including Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, Senators Strom Thurmond, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Jim DeMint and Bill Frisk, Governors Nikki Haley and Henry McMaster, and UN Ambassadors John Bolton, Andrew Card and Andrew Young.

Mrs. Floyd was involved and was a member of many organizations including USC’s Delta Delta Delta sorority, the C&S Bank Advisory Board, the Tarantella, Bay Blossom Garden Club, Meals on Wheels, and St. John’s Church in Florence.

She will be remembered for her great admiration of her family, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and her travels around the world with her husband, her family said. 

She set an example to those around her to see the good in everything and everyone with whom she crossed paths.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Cecil Edward Floyd; her children, Coleman Floyd Buckhouse (Keith), Cecil Edward “Bubby” Floyd Jr. and Emory Kay “Sissy” Floyd; her grandchildren, Joseph Edward “Mac” Getz (Melissa), Paul Baker Getz (Brenna), Edward Joseph Buckhouse, George Derrick Floyd, Martha Floyd Thompson (Hunter), Margaret Riley “Daisy” Buckhouse, Katherine Kay “Kay Kay” Getz and Emery Anne Buckhouse; her brother, Hugh Baker (Ellen); and her sister-in-law, Emaline Baker.

Her brother, William Andrew Baker Jr., died before her as did two grandsons, Cecil Edward “Trey” Floyd III and Keith William “Billy” Buckhouse Jr.

Due to construction at St. John’s, the funeral service today at 11:30 a.m. will be held at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. 

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church Parish Hall. A private burial will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Florence, c/o The Senior Citizens Association, 600 Senior Way, Florence, SC 29505; Saint Mary’s School, 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27603; St. John’s Church, 252 South Dargan St., Florence, SC 29501; or charity of one’s choice.

Jamey Duffey, 66, fighter pilot became a doctor

July 20, 2023

Benjamin Morrison Duffey of Murrells Inlet, a retired primary care physician, died July 15 with his wife by his side. He was 66.

Known as Jamey, he was born May 13, 1957, in Richmond, Va., the son of Benjamin R. and the late Margaret S. Duffey. He spent his early years enjoying the great outdoors, fly-fishing with his father and free ranging with his brother. 

Upon graduating Old Dominion University with a degree in sociology, he served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot. He received a medical discharge and developed a lifelong fascination with medicine. He went on to attain his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and complete his residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Shock Trauma Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Duffey moved to Myrtle Beach to start his career as an ER doctor at Grand Strand Hospital. He established himself as a permanent member of the community after opening Litchfield Medical Center in 1999. 

He and his wife, DeAna, married in 2009 and raised her children, Savannah and Dylan, instilling in them his love of medicine and aviation.

He retired after 20 years as a primary care doctor. He loved to be free, with his favorite places being the sky and the open water. He spent his time off boating, flying, watching movies, fixing anything he saw that was broken and being attentive to his family.

While Dr. Duffey knew he was the smartest man in the room, his family said, he delighted in both sharing knowledge and gaining it from others. He had a personality outmatched in size only by his enormous heart, and he never left a creature in need whether it was human or animal. 

In addition to his father, his wife and his stepchildren, he is survived by his stepmother, Suzanne Duffey; his  brother, Peter Duffey; his sister, Mary Kerr; and his grandchildren Lily, Abraham, and Blair.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Burroughs Funeral Home.

Bill Anderson, 91, Navy vet worked for Bell Labs

July 20, 2023

Wilhelm Anderson of the River Club died July 3 at his home.  He was 91.

Known as Bill, he was born March 9, 1932, in Summit, N.J., the son of Nils August Anderson and Thyra Malmborg.  He also lived in Berkeley Heights and Forked River, N.J. 

He was an avid equestrian and enjoyed training, jumping and grooming horses.  He served in the Navy aboard the destroyer USS Robert K. Huntington. 

Following his discharge, Mr. Anderson followed his passion of helping those in need. 

He volunteered for over 17 years at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, N.J. He worked for over 30 years for Bell Labs. 

In his spare time, he enjoyed working on cars, fixing things and going camping. He was a passionate member of the Tin Can Sailors and the AT&T Labs Pioneers. 

He is survived by his wife, Helen L. Stahl Anderson; his sons, William F. Anderson (Pam) of Gulfport, Fla., and Ronald G. Anderson of Los Angeles; his daughter, Carolyn A. Simcsak (Jack) of Pawleys Island; his grandchildren, Jaqueline, Jessica, Azadeh and Armon; his great-grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel and Elizabeth; and his daughter-in-law, Mahlegha Anderson. 

Three brothers, Nils August Anderson Jr., Robert Anderson and William Anderson, died before him as did his three sisters, Esther A. Stanahan, Sylvia A. Dahl and June A. Kuhrt. 

A graveside service will be held Aug. 2 at 11:30 a.m.  at BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Deborah Heart & Lung Center, 200 Trenton Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015 ( or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 ( 

There is a guest book at 

Robert A. Lomicky, 89, former N.Y. insurance official

June 15, 2023

Robert Arthur Lomicky of Murrells Inlet died Monday at his home. He was 89.

He was born Dec. 5, 1933, in Little Ferry, N.J., the son of Arthur and Emma Lomicky. He served in the Army and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a bachelor’s degree in physics. 

Mr. Lomicky worked in the insurance industry for his entire career. He retired in 1994 after 25 years as chief actuary of the Life Bureau of the New York State Insurance Department. 

Mr. Lomicky was a former resident of Middletown, N.J. He enjoyed tennis, crossword puzzles, boxing and baseball. He was a dedicated baseball manager and enjoyed traveling to tennis tournaments to watch his son David play. A cat lover, he was devoted to his “best friend” Charlie.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, June Sondermann Lomicky; his daughter, Camryn Anderson (Lydia); his sons, Craig Lomicky (Beth) of York, Pa., Jeffrey Lomicky of Murrells Inlet, David Lomicky (Jenn) of Old Bridge, N.J., and Wayne Lomicky of Murrells Inlet; his grandchildren, Brett Lomicky, Emma Lomicky, Ben and Owen Lomicky,  and Aidan, Cooper and Skylar Bodeo-Lomicky.

His brother, Richard Lomicky, died before him.

Funeral services will be private. A public celebration of his life will be scheduled.

Memorials may be made to the Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 1764, Conway, SC 29528 (      

Condolences may be sent at

Thomas W. Bowen, 85, phone company executive

June 15, 2023

Thomas Warren Bowen of Murrells Inlet died June 8 at his home. He was 85.

He was born in Baltimore, the son of Jesse W. Bowen and Bessie Mills Bowen. He worked for the phone company for 44 years as an executive overseeing the many changes in the telecommunications industry.  

Mr. Bowen was a member of the Lions Club and both Randallstown and Freedom Jaycees in Maryland. He also was very active in the Republican Party, heading the party’s central committee in Carroll County.  He loved to golf and continued to play throughout his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Patricia “Pat” Bowen; his daughters, Debbie Bowen and Linda Henson (Eric),  both of Huntersville, N.C.; his grandson, Alexander Thomas; his sister- and brother-in-law, Carol and Emil Milcarek; and many cousins.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be prayed June 30 at 1 p.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.  

A memorial service will be held in Sykesville, Md., where he will be buried at a later date.

Joseph Muffolett, 89, Social Security official

June 8, 2023

Joseph Robert Muffolett of Pawleys Island died June 2 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 89.

He was born in Baltimore and graduated from Loyola College. He continued his education and received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. He worked many years for the Social Security Administration and eventually became the director of the Office of Disability and International Operations. 

Mr. Muffolett retired in 1995 and moved to Pawleys Island, where he enjoyed playing golf and taking cruises to Europe and the Caribbean with his wife. 

In his spare time, he was a fundraiser for various charities and served as president of his homeowner’s association. He was also a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Amelia Muffolett; three daughters, Lynda Prince, Amy Hoehn-Saric (Ted) and Nicole Franklin (John); eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of his life will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Christopher’s Children, 14323 Ocean Highway, Unit 4143, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at

Wayne Byrd, 76, lawyer of the ‘old school’

June 8, 2023

Robert Wayne Byrd of North Litchfield, a retired lawyer, died May 29 surrounded by his family following a brief illness. He was 76. It was 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, his favorite time of the day on one of his favorite days of the year, his family said. 

Known as Wayne, he was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Charleston, the first-born child of Robert Newton Byrd and Wilma Gwendolyn Byrd. As the oldest of five children, he was the family’s anchor and always made sure his siblings felt special, included and loved. Wayne’s drive to succeed and tireless work ethic was unmatched. He excelled on the football field at McClenaghan High School in Florence and then as a four-year starting offensive lineman at the University of Georgia. He played for Vince Dooley and helped the Bulldogs secure two visits to the SEC championship, bringing home the title in 1968. 

Exerting the same effort academically, Wayne graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business personnel management in 1969. After obtaining a masters of accountancy degree from UGA in 1972, he attended law school at the University of South Carolina, where he graduated with honors in 1975. While working on his postgraduate degrees, Wayne served as an officer in the Army Reserves after going through basic training and serving as a platoon leader at Fort Polk in Louisiana.

Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Byrd managed an active transactional and tax planning law practice in Greenville. In 1988, he returned to his hometown of Florence and joined the law firm of Turner Padget Graham and Laney, where he focused his practice on complex business litigation. During his 35 years with Turner Padget, he held numerous leadership roles, culminating as chief executive officer from 2015 to 2018. 

In 2005, Mr. Byrd and his wife, the former Georganne Baroody, relocated to their home in North Litchfield, and he founded the law firm’s Myrtle Beach office. While a ferocious advocate in the courtroom, he was remembered for his professionalism and respect for the judicial system; a true lawyer of the “old school.” 

He received numerous awards for his work as a litigator and served the legal profession through his leadership in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation as a member of the Trial Attorney Advisory Board, a member of council, a director of three different divisions, a chair of the Business Torts Committee and managing director. 

Mr. Byrd was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame’s University of Georgia Chapter in 2016, an honor reserved for those who have excelled in their chosen professions. 

Although Wayne was a revered (and often feared) attorney in the courtroom, his heart belonged at home with his family. As a self-trained gourmet chef, Mr. Byrd loved preparing amazing meals for the family and friends that regularly filled their home. 

In addition to his wife of 31 years, he is survived by his children, Nikole Mariencheck (Bobby), Rod Byrd, Christopher Byrd (Audra)  and Wallace Mullinax (Kristen); his grandchildren, Caid Byrd, Parker Mariencheck, Victoria Byrd, Hannah Grace Mariencheck, Kinley Byrd, Gray Mariencheck and Aiken Mullinax; his siblings, Greg Byrd, Timmy Byrd, Terry Byrd Amaral and Larry Byrd, and several nieces and nephews; his brother-in-law, Murray Baroody (Marley) and four nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday at Holy Cross Faith-Memorial Episcopal Church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Baskervill Food Pantry or the Smith Medical Clinic, at 99 Baskervill Dr., Paweys Island, SC 29585; Grace Based Grief Resources For Children, Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Church, 113 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; All4Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or Saint Frances Animal Rescue, 125 Ridge St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Susan Keenan, 67, aided bishop in Anglican Mission

June 1, 2023

Susan deGraffenried Keenan of Charleston, a former Pawleys Island resident, died May 21 after battling brain cancer.  She was 67.

She was born July 26, 1955, in Columbia, the daughter of Lally and Shiney Keenan. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Susan joined the family business, Keenan Oil Co., where she began her career. She later moved to Pawleys Island, where she raised her two children.

Ms. Keenan’s life’s calling emerged when she connected with the Rev. Charles H. Murphy III, a visionary and trailblazer in the Anglican Church, while working with his wife, Margaret, at the All Saints School. Upon Murphy being consecrated a bishop, she became his executive assistant and played an important role in growing the Anglican Mission in America as his chief of staff. 

Their final joint endeavor was the establishment of The Abbey in Pawleys Island. 

Beyond her professional contributions, Ms. Keenan was active in the Pawleys Island community, playing a role in helping to establish the Lowcountry Day School.

After a brief period working with Morgan Stanley in Columbia, she retired and moved to Charleston to be closer to her family and coastal friends. She was a member of the Charleston chapter of the Colonial Dames and worshiped at St. Phillips Episcopal Church. 

Her devotion to family, friends, the communities in South Carolina where she lived and the many communities throughout the world through the Anglican Mission, was a testament to her extraordinary legacy of caring. Throughout her recent illness, the outpouring of love and support from those who knew and cherished her reflect the profound impact she had on their lives.

She is survived by her children, Keenan Harn and Wilson deGraffenried Grayson; her granddaughters, Mary Alice, Loyal Anne and Susan Grace Harn; and her sisters, Elmira Weston, Lucia Keenan and Julia Norwood.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at The Abbey.

Tom Satterfield, 87, veteran became hospital administrator

June 1, 2023

Glenn Thomas Satterfield of Myrtle Beach died May 22 with his family by his side. He was 87. 

Known as Tom, he was born May 21, 1936, in Raleigh, N.C., a son of Boston Jeffreys and Virginia Honeycutt Jeffreys. He served in the Air Force. Following his retirement with the rank of major, he obtained a master’s degree in business from the University of Hawaii. He later earned a master’s in health care from Trinity University. He went on to become a skilled and dedicated administrator for several hospitals before joining the Tidelands Healthcare Network. 

Mr. Satterfield was director of patient financial services at Georgetown Memorial Hospital until his second retirement. 

In his free time, he could be found golfing, camping, and fishing. When the weather didn’t cooperate, he enjoyed cheering on the football team at his alma mater, the University of Alabama, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

He often could be found sneaking off with his grandchildren to retrieve ice cream. 

He is survived by his wife of more then 59 years, Sylvia B. Satterfield; his children, Ronda Fielding (Todd) of Forney, Texas, Glenn T. “Buddy” Satterfield Jr. (Traci) of Murrells Inlet and Sheryl S. Kearns (Robert) of Myrtle Beach; his granddaughters, Amanda, Savannah, Alli, Sydney and Alexis;  his dog, Maggie Lou; as well as a large extended family.

His brother, Dr. William C. Satterfield, and a grandson, Robert D. Kearns III, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held June 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach.  Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers,  memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256  ( 

There is a guest book at

Elaine K. Stallworth, 86, former elementary teacher

May 25, 2023

Elaine K. Stallworth of Heritage Plantation, a retired elementary school teacher, died April 29 surrounded by her family. She was 86.

From humble beginnings, she learned the value of honest work and the beauty of sharing. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Connecticut, she threw herself into her 31-year career as an elementary school teacher. Her love of learning and many talents made her curious about everything. An avid reader, she could often be found in the local library. She was a gourmet chef and baker, herbalist, native gardener and a multi-talented artist.

Mrs. Stallworth found time to golf, swim, practice yoga, play bridge and more. She was friendly with everyone and had many good and loyal friends.  In her younger, retired years, she found time to lend a hand and volunteer, whether it be at a public garden pulling weeds, offering to tutor small children, assisting various charities or stabilizing a feral cat colony.

Among her adventures, she went camping in Alaska to see nature up close, traveled all over the United States, kissed icebergs in Iceland, rode a camel in Jerusalem, touched the rain forest in Panama and witnessed the movement of the animals in Kenya.  Wherever she went, she could be found in museums or talking to everyone she could, just to learn more about that country and the people. For many years, she had a pen pal in China.

She is survived by her daughters, Deirdre, an attorney, and Michelle, a psychologist; and her grandchildren, Anthony and Angela.

Her  husband, Lewis, died before her.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Pawleys Island. 

Services will be private. In lieu of memorials, it was her wish that others do something in her memory to give back and pay forward the gift of life, her family said.

Alfredo Torsiello, 93, worked in supermarkets

May 18, 2023

Alfredo Torsiello of Murrells Inlet died Saturday at his home. He was 93.

Known as Fred, he worked in the supermarket industry throughout his life. 

He was married for 72 years to the late Helen R. Torsiello. They lived in Fairfield, N.J., before moving to Murrells Inlet 20 years ago. 

Mr. Torsiello was remembered for his love for his family. He was kind and friendly to all he knew. He loved gardening in his yard and music. He was also an avid bowler well into his 80s. 

He is survived by his children, Joyce Quimby (Dennis), Robert Torsiello and Gina  Pezza; his daughter-in-law, Donna Torsiello; his grandchildren, Jennifer Dyches (Chris), Nicholas Torsiello (Laura), Lauren Quimby (fiancé Dennis Preztos), Christina Pezza and Anthony Pezza; and his great-grandchildren, Dominic, Patrick, Stella, Lucia, Mason and Jacob.

Another son, Alfredo Jr., died before him.

Services will be private.

Deborah Elmendorf, 73, active at Precious Blood

May 18, 2023

Deborah Ann Elmendorf of Pawleys Island died May 6 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 73.

She was born Nov. 28, 1949, in Ottumwa, Iowa, a daughter of Robert and Alma Carr. She married Royal E. Elmendorf on Dec. 26, 1974. Upon retirement, they moved to Pawleys Island to enjoy their life together and travel the world. 

Mrs. Elmendorf was an active parishioner at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband of 48 years, she is survived by her brother, Douglas Carr of Arizona.

Memorial Mass will be held May 24 at 11 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Inurnment to follow at the church columbarium.

There is a guest book at

Dorothy Hanna, 93, painter of coastal scenes

May 18, 2023

Dorothy Charles Hanna of Murrells Inlet died May 14. She was 93.

She was born Sept. 2, 1929, the daughter of Nannie and Dr. Broadus Jones of Wake Forest, N.C.  After graduating magna cum laude from Wake Forest College in 1949, she married and moved to Florence.  

For several decades she helped run a fuel business owned by her and her first husband, before later joining the financial aid department of Francis Marion College.  

After retirement, and after moving to North Litchfield, Mrs. Hanna worked part time at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church before meeting her second husband, Rollie Hanna.  

After a lifetime enjoying crafts and hobbies, including throwing pottery, she began painting in 2002. Her works include dozens of oil paintings primarily of coastal scenes from the area.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Ross (Bill); her son, John Charles (Libby); her grandchildren Sara Hawks (Ben), Will Ross, Rusty Charles (Jenny) and Jennifer Charles; and her great-grandchildren, Ellie and Eli Imerman, Lily and Georgie Hawks, and Beth and Erin Charles.

Mr. Hanna died before her.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

There is a guest book at

Theodore R. White, 80, made second career in real estate

May 11, 2023

Theodore Raymond White of Murrells Inlet died May 6 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 80.

Known as Teddy, he  was born Nov. 9, 1942, in Kingstree, the son of Dr. Russell William White and Lucille Lausch White. He and his five siblings were raised in Lake City and spent a lot of time in Surfside Beach. 

He served in the Army. He was honored to serve in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). 

Mr. White worked at John Umstead Hospital in Butner, N.C., for many years and retired as the business manager. He also worked as a real estate agent for Tidewater Properties for approximately 16 years.

He loved spending time with his family and friends and always had many (outrageous) jokes to share.  He loved all sports, but most importantly those at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina. He enjoyed  dancing (shagging).

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diane White; his siblings, Susie Visor (Joe) of Houston, Sandra Hardin of Murrells Inlet and Dennis White of Murrells Inlet; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held May 20 at 2 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Strand Humane Society, 4635 Factory Stores Blvd., Suite N 210, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 ( or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 (

Condolences may be sent at

Richard A. Torbik, 86, former transportation planner

May 11, 2023

Richard Alan Torbik of the River Club, a former transportation planner for the federal and state government, died May 3. He was 86.

He was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the son of Alexander and Wanda Torbik. He grew up in Scotch Plains, N.J. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson University in 1958 and a master’s in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1964. He met his future wife, Nancy Wooten, on a blind date while she was attending Winthrop College and their first date was a Clemson football game. They were married July 2, 1960.

Mr. Torbik had a distinguished career as a civil engineer and expert in transportation planning with the Federal Highway Administration. During his career he moved frequently with his family, living in eight states and an overseas assignment. After 32 years, he retired from FHWA in Washington, D.C., as a member of the senior executive service, the highest civilian rank in federal civil service.  

The Torbiks built a home and moved to Pawleys Island in 1994. They would also frequently visit their house on Lake Murray.

Two years after federal retirement, Mr. Torbik accepted a position with the state Department of Transportation where he worked for another six years.  

In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling abroad, visiting their children and grandchildren, and attending Clemson football games.

Mr. Torbik was an active member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and his small Christian Community group, and a Eucharist minister. He was also an active member and former president of the local Lions Club.

Mrs. Torbik died in 2015. He is survived by his children and their families, Richard Torbik Jr. (Emily), Sally Torbik Hoekstra (Douglas) and Jane Torbik Stricklin (David); his sister, Sandy Cieslarczyk; and his grandchildren, Alex Stricklin, Daniel Stricklin and Shane Hoekstra. 

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Goldfinch Litchfield-Pawleys Chapel. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. 

Flowers may be sent to Goldfinch Litchfield-Pawleys Chapel or donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research at

John E. Church, 97, Navy vet made career in insurance

May 11, 2023

John Edward Church of Pawleys Island died April 2 at the Arbors. He was 97.

He was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Middletown, Conn., the son of Charles H. and Lulu Ekberg Church. He was an Eagle Scout and served in the Navy during World War II. One of his greatest accomplishments was flying planes off aircraft carriers. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion.

After the war, Mr. Church worked for Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, Conn., before finding his true profession in insurance and financial planning. 

He graduated from what is now Hillyer University Hartford with a business degree. He received his master’s degree from American University in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and became a certified life underwriter.

He was married for 61 years to the late Dorothy Baldwin Church of Wethersfield, Conn., whom he met at a church social in Hartford after the war.

Mr. Church enjoyed the outdoors and his family, and loved God. He also was an animal lover who rescued many cats and dogs.

He was a regular at All Saints Church until he had to move into the Lakes at Litchfield. 

He is survived by his son, David B. Church of Glastonbury, Conn., and his daughter Susan Church Gasque (Mark) of Pawleys Island; and by 10 nephews and nieces and their children in New England, the Carolinas and Florida.

His brother, Charles Church, died before him.

His family thanked the staff at The Lakes, The Arbors and Tidelands Hospice for their care of Mr. Church.

A memorial service will be held June 10 at 2 p.m. at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, where he was a life-long member.

Memorials may be made to St. Frances Animal Center in Georgetown or to a veteran’s group.

Marjorie B. Watson active in VFW Auxiliary

April 13, 2023

Marjorie B. Watson of Georgetown died April 5 at The Landings of Georgetown.  She was 87.

She was born Sept. 12, 1935, in St. Petersburg, Fla., the daughter of William Roy Beegle and Ruby Celeste Brewer Beegle. She was married twice; to the late Dennet Withington  and then the late Larry Watson. 

Mrs. Watson enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very active in the VFW Ladies Auxiliary at Post 6444 in Georgetown.

She is survived by two daughters, Myla Cameron (Jesse) of Pawleys Island and Crys Berg of Georgetown; two sons, Tucker Withington (Mackenzie) of Goldston, N.C., and Scott Clary (Heather) of Lincoln, Mass.; her brother, Mike Beegle (Diane) of Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Jake, Zach, Jordan, Caleb, Billy, Katie, Tommy, Micah, Sydney, Marni, Dennet, Lilly, Meadow, Rye, Porter, Zach, Miller and Rand; four great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members.

Two other daughters, Julie Scutt and Pamela Collins, died before her, as did a grandson, Tucker.

Memorials may be made to the VFW Auxiliary Post 6444, 711 Church St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

A private family service will be scheduled.

Condolences may be sent at

D.J. Shultz, 32, ‘gentle giant’ who enjoyed sports

April 6, 2023

Douglas Joseph Shultz of Murrells Inlet died March 23 at his home. He was 32.

Known as D.J., he was born Sept. 2, 1990,  in London, Ohio, the son of Jamie Jones and the stepson of the late Robert Jones. He was very athletic and enjoyed a variety of sports.  D.J. was known to most people as a “gentle giant” with a heart bigger than himself.

In addition to his mother, of Murrells Inlet, he is survived by his brother, Zachery Henegar (Bre) of Arizona; his niece, Leslie Ray Henegar; his siblings, Brittany, Shirley Jo and Brian Jr., all of Ohio; his grandparents, Doug and Carol Shultz of Ohio; uncle and aunt, Joe and Dina Shultz of Ohio; his cousin, Melina Jo Shultz of Ohio; his special cousin, Danny Blevins; several aunts and uncles in Ohio and his best friend, Doty Rainer of Pawleys Island.

A celebration of his life was held March 29 at the family’s home.

Memorials may be made to Coastal Recovery Center, 1113 44th Ave. North, Suite 100, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 (

Brian Robards, 51, loved time spent outdoors

April 6, 2023

Brian Clark Robards of Pawleys Island died March 25 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 51.

He was born Dec. 13, 1971, in Jacksonville, N.C., the oldest son of Nancy S. Robards and the late James Urey Robards Jr.  He was a former resident of Siler City, N.C.

Mr. Robards loved spending time outdoors, the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Dallas Cowboys, listening to music and watching movies.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, James Bennett Robards.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Defenders of Wildlife ( or to the wildlife and nature organization of your choice.

His family thanked the staff at Waccamaw Community Hospital for their care and support.

Ruby W. Reichert, 97, worked at Dixie Stampede

April 6, 2023

Ruby Wessinger Reichert of Georgetown died Sunday following an extended battle with dementia.  She was 97.

She was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Prosperity, the daughter Henry and Janie Wessinger. A staunch supporter of the United States military, several of Ruby’s five ex-husbands served in the armed forces, and she donated her time and efforts in support of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.  

Late in life, Ms. Reichert spent several years working at the Myrtle Beach Dixie Stampede. In retirement, she spent most of her time at home with her beloved dog, Boo. 

She is survived by her granddaughter, Lisa Dian Akers of Shelby, N.C.; her great-grandson, Brandon Scott “Randy” Akers (Jacquelyn) of Georgetown; and her great-great-granddaughter, Adelaide Grace Akers of Georgetown.

Her daughter, Faye Akers, died before her.

Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the animal welfare charity of your choice.

Lee Edwards, 76, commanded nuclear submarines

March 30, 2023

Arthur Lee Edwards of Pawleys Island, a retired Navy captain who commanded three nuclear submarines, died March 8 in Charleston with his wife by his side. He was 76.

Known as Lee, he was born July 16, 1946, in Hammond, Ind., the oldest of four children of Arthur and Nina Edwards.  He graduated from high school in Chicago and entered the U.S. Naval Academy in the summer of 1964.  He distinguished himself academically, was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps and played 150-pound football. After graduation, he was accepted into William and Mary’s law school, but chose to remain in the Navy.

Although he initially wanted to be a Marine pilot, Admiral  Hyman Rickover convinced Capt. Edwards to join the submarine force after a long day of interviews at Naval Reactors. Following graduation and completion of Nuclear Power Training and Submarine School, he served on several submarines including the Sand Lance (SSN 660) and Simon Bolivar (SSBN 641). He then spent nearly a decade in command of three nuclear submarines: Nathan Hale (SSBN 623), Trepang (SSN 674) and Pennsylvania (SSBN 735).  

Capt. Edwards completed his 30-year career working in the Pentagon in the OP-02 SSBN (submersible ship ballistic missile) program.

After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a program manager with Lockheed Martin, Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons production site remediation, eight years on the professional staff at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as well as a senior consultant in the office of the chief engineer at NASA headquarters. 

He earned a second master’s degree and taught algebra at Springfield High School in Virginia from a desire to give back to his community. 

Locally, Capt. Edwards served on the boards for the S.C. Maritime Museum and the Boys and Girls Schools in Georgetown. In his spare time, he acted as the secretary/treasurer and dockmaster for his neighborhood.

Capt. Edwards was an accomplished pilot and avid fisherman who had a deep love of the outdoors. He loved to go hiking and skiing and his many fishing trips took him to Alaska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Idaho, as well as his beloved Waccamaw River by his home.  

He and his wife traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.  He was a die-hard Bears and Cubs fan, and attended the Little League World Series.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Judie Chestnut Edwards; his sister, Julie Holms; and his brother, Brian Edwards.

A memorial service will be held April 16 at 2 p.m. at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (

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Nancy Van Buren, 95, designer became artist

March 30, 2023

Nancy Brooks Van Buren of Litchfield Country Club, a fashion designer who had a second career as an artist, died March 6. She was 95.

She was born Aug. 23, 1927, in Patchogue, N.Y., the daughter of Eva Smith and Winfield George Brooks. Nancy grew up outside Philadelphia with her widowed mother, who was a sixth-grade teacher, and her younger sister, Bobbie. She graduated from Moore College of Art with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design, which served her well throughout her career as a children’s clothing designer for Cinderella, Her Majesty and, later, Hamricks.

A single parent from age 25, Mrs. Van Buren’s professional training enabled her to provide for her two young daughters. She appreciated the value of education and supported her daughters’ college goals, as her mother had done for her.

She was able to retire early in 1991 and fulfilled a lifelong dream of living near the beach. 

In Pawleys Island, she began taking numerous art workshops, creating a multitude of drawings and paintings, showing her art at the Rice Museum, Georgetown Art Gallery, Gray Man Gallery and Island Art Gallery, and winning awards. Along the way, Mrs. Van Buren walked the beach for sea turtles with SCUTE for 18 years, volunteered at Brookgreen Gardens for 22 years and was president of the Friends of the Waccamaw Library, where she ushered in a popular classic French film series. In her 90s, she became a children’s book illustrator with the “Flash and Fancy” series.

Mrs. Van Buren dreamed of Africa and traveled there four times, as well as to other countries on all seven continents. Her travels were a constant inspiration for the art she made. Nancy lived a full life, always grateful for loving family, dear friends, and her unfailing energy and creativity expressed in a lifetime of art.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Van Buren (Steve Blatt); her sister, Barbara Ermentrout; her grandsons, Daniel Baer (Brian Walsh), Peter Baer (Natalia) and Lyle Baer; her  granddaughter, Merritt Baer (Landon Paik); and three great-granddaughters, Sasha, Ines and Denver.

Another daughter, Amy Van Buren, died in 2019.

A private celebration of life will be held in April. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to All 4 Paws Animal Rescue ( or Guiding Eyes for the Blind (

Wink Arsenault, 84, active in First Baptist Church

March 30, 2023

Ida Ann “Wink” Arsenault of Litchfield died March 20 at home surrounded by her family. She was 84.

She was born Oct. 3, 1938, in Cornwall, N.Y., the daughter of Harold Virginus and Jettie Lena Satterfield Hudgins. She spent her formative years in Fairmont, W.Va., then moved  to Highland Falls, N.Y., where she graduated from James I. O’Neill High School.

She worked at West Point in the post engineer’s office, where she met the love of her life, Raymond Arsenault, who was an Army MP. They married on May 5, 1958 in Highland Falls. They lived and raised their two daughters in Fort Montgomery and Clinton Corners, N.Y. 

Mrs. Arsenault continued her career at Wassaic Development Center where she was the business office manager before retiring to South Carolina. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Georgetown, where she served as treasurer and secretary of her Bible study class, treasurer of the Young as Ever group, a member of the visitation team and was a singer in the Living Christmas Tree. 

Mrs. Arsenault was a talented artist who painted the beauty God surrounded her with.   

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Janine Arsenault and Nadine Conklin (David); her grandsons, Sean, Steve  and Andrew (Courtney); and her great granddaughters, Christina, MaryJane, Charlotte and Marissa.

Her sister, June Harris, died before her, as did her brother, Don Hudgins, her brothers-in-law, Sam Arsenault and Bill Cowles, and her niece, Nancy Scandell.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at First Baptist Church.  

Patsy Schooler, 93, optometrist worked in family business

March 23, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ronnie Murrell, 78, outdoorsman loved to cook

March 23, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brian Blouin, 41, diesel mechanic

February 23, 2023

Brian “Blue” Blouin of Pawleys Island died Feb. 18, two years to the day he was diagnosed with ALS. He was 41.

He was born Dec. 25, 1981, in Newington, Ct., the son of Andre and Linda Blouin. Brian’s childhood was filled with explosive adventures, including summers boating, winters skiing, yearly trips to the family farm in Canada and time surrounded by family and friends. He graduated from Avon High School in Avon, Ct. He had a passion and curiosity for the way things worked and went on to study at Universal Technical Institute. He became a talented mechanic and eventually founded and operated Diesel Blue Services in Murrells Inlet.

He was remembered as an adventurous and daring man who loved life, friends – including furry ones – and family. He welcomed the world with open arms. He loved his Harley and the thrill of the open road – though he never rode too far from those he loved. 

In addition to his parents, of Pawleys Island, he is survived by his Irish twin sister, Natalie, of Connecticut and dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. His family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Burroughs Funeral Home.

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

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William L. Kinney Jr., 89, journalist and historian

February 23, 2023

William Light Kinney Jr. of Bennettsville and Pawleys Island, a veteran journalist, historian, and civic leader, died Feb. 19 at his antebellum home, Magnolia, under his daughter’s care. He was 89.

The lifelong resident of Bennettsville was editor and publisher emeritus of the Marlboro Herald-Advocate, McColl Messenger and The Marlboro Shopper, and former president of Marlboro Publishing Co. Inc. He was a longtime contributor to the S.C. Press Association, was a past president of that organization and president of the SCPA Foundation. He was a founder of the SCPA Hall of Fame. He also authored several historical books and won state and national journalistic awards. 

He was born Oct. 26, 1933, the only child of William Light Kinney and Annie Laurie Mayer Kinney. He was born in the home of his paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. John Frank Kinney, as was his father. 

He was a 1951 honor graduate of Bennettsville High School and editor of the school newspaper. 

He attended Wofford College, as did his father and grandfather, majoring in biology, chemistry, physics and math and graduating in 1954. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Senior Order of Gnomes and Blue Key Honor Society; edited the college handbook and yearbook; served as student body president; was a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps; sang in the Men’s Glee Club; and was a vice president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He earned his most cherished distinction, an honorary doctorate of humane letters, in 1999.  

Mr. Kinney attended the University of South Carolina College of Journalism from 1954 to 1955. He edited the college’s laboratory newspaper and later graduated with a degree in journalism in 1977. He served in the Army at Fort Jackson from 1954 to 1958. He then joined his parents in the operation of Marlboro Publishing Co. and in 1972 bought the business. 

While traveling cross-country with a good friend, they stopped in Atlanta to visit friends. There he was introduced to his future wife, Margaret René Pegues. After an 18-month courtship, they married on March 21, 1964. 

Since 1979, Mr. Kinney relished hosting family and friends at the family summer cottage in Pawleys Island. It was named “-30-”, the symbol journalists traditionally used to indicate the end of a story. 

He loved to travel and his highlights included a 1960 trip to the Soviet Union, a summer in England with the Experiment in International Living  in 1963 and a United Methodist medical mission trip to Haiti in 1976.

For over 65 years, Mr. Kinney spearheaded and led community, state and national improvement efforts through his newspaper and personal service. 

He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, where he served as lay leader and had numerous administrative roles. He sang bass in its Chancel Choir for 75 years.

He worked to better his hometown and greater Marlboro County. He served as a Bennettsville city councilman and mayor pro-tempore, as well as a leader and board member of the Kinney Foundation, Whipple Marlboro Fund, county Economic Development Board, Lakeside Residential Development, United Fund, Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees. He was instrumental in the formation of the Marlboro Civic Center Foundation and the restoration of the 1917 opera house and was chairman at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Rotary Club since 1958, served two terms as president, maintained 65 years of perfect attendance, and was twice named a Paul Harris Fellow. 

His passion for history and historic preservation began at a young age. He served as president of the Marlborough Historical Society and chairman of the Marlboro County Historic Preservation Commission and Bennettsville Board of Architectural Review/Tree Committee. He chaired the restoration of several historic buildings including an 1831 home once used as the county courthouse, two schoolhouses and his 1853 home and 1902 former office building.

Mr. Kinney was an advocate of preserving South Carolina’s history. He secured 25 state historical markers within his home county and led major improvement efforts as vice chairman of the Bennettsville Downtown Development Association. He helped secure National Register status for two municipal historic districts. He served as county chairman of the S.C. Tricentennial in 1970 and the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.

He was also active at the state level in numerous capacities including serving as chairman of the S.C. Archives and History Commission for 36 years and was vice chairman at the time of his death. He also remained chairman of the S.C. Review Board for National Register Nominations. He was past president of the S.C. Historical Society, S.C. Confederation of Local Historical Societies, Friends of Brookgreen Gardens and S.C. Methodist Conference Commission on Archives and History. He also served as vice chairman of the South Carolina Hall of Fame.  He was a board member of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, S.C. State Development Board, Brookgreen Gardens, McLeod Regional Medical Center Foundation, Pawleys Island Civic Association and University South Caroliniana Society.

For 30 years, Mr. Kinney served as a congressional appointee to the board of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and was chairman for three terms. He was a member of the National Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and chairman of its Southern Region Board of Advisors for four years. He also served as a director of the Wofford College National Alumni Association and the U.S. Jaycees.

He received the Order of the Palmetto in 2015 from Gov. Nikki Haley. At the same time, Bennettsville City Council named the two entrances of  the municipal parking lot as Bill Kinney Jr. Way.

Other recognitions include being listed in Who’s Who in America since 1982, the USC College of Journalism’s McKissick Award in 1955, being named to the USC College of Journalism’s Diamond Circle in 1998, the National Newspaper Association’s Amos Award for longstanding community service in 2016, S.C. Jaycees Young Man of the Year in 1961, two S.C. Governor’s Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation, being named a Hometown Hero by the S.C. Downtown Development Association, the S.C. Arts Commission’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner State Arts Advocacy Award, the General Assembly’s Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award and being named Marlboro County Economic Development Ambassador. In 2022, the Marlboro Chamber of Commerce named its annual Community Leader Award in his honor.

He retired from day-to-day operations of the publishing company in 2014, turning over the business to his daughter and her husband. He remained active in religious, civic, advocacy and volunteer efforts until just recently.  He continued to enjoy serving as an enthusiastic walking tour guide for any visitor to Bennettsville, his office or home.

For the past few months, he struggled valiantly with a diagnosis of Parkinsonism and its related complications, all the while demonstrating his strong faith in Jesus Christ, genteel Southern nature and good humor to family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Elisabeth Mayer Kinney McNiel (Daniel) of Bennettsville; three grandchildren, Robert Leland McNiel III (Emma) of Chattanooga, Tenn., Margaret Jane McNiel of Knoxville, Tenn., and William Light Kinney McNiel of Wofford College; his great-grandchildren, Robert Leland McNiel IV and Rose Catherine McNiel; his sister-in-law, Frances Elisabeth Pegues Burroughs of Conway; a nephew, Henry Buck Burroughs III (Julie) of Brandon, Fla.; a niece, Victoria McNeill Burroughs of North Charleston; a great-nephew, Henry Buck Burroughs IV; and numerous cousins. 

His wife died in 2021. His son, William Light Kinney III, died in 1989. 

A celebration of his life was held Wednesday at First United Methodist Church. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park. 

Memorials may be made to the William Light Kinney III ’91 Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wofford College, Office of Advancement, 429 North Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303.

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Pudgy Forrester, 98, extolled vitures of fun

February 16, 2023

Flora Anne “Pudgy” Hughes Forrester of Pawleys Island lived a long and joyful life in the belief that one must dance, exercise and have fun every single day. She died Feb. 8 at the age of 98.

She was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Florence, the daughter of John James and Elizabeth Gregg Clemmons. A graduate of Limestone College, she worked for a time as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines.

 She was a member of the Assembly, the Debutante Club, the Junior League of Greenville, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and All Saints Church, where she served on the Altar Guild for 35 years. In addition, she was an avid bridge player, golfer and tennis player.

She loved her God, her life and her family. She was remembered for her dynamic personality, her love of fun, and the “peach fluffs” she made each Fourth of July.

She is survived by three children from her marriage to George Jackson Hughes:  Laura Hughes Graves, George Jackson Hughes Jr. (Velda) and Rita Hughes Waloszczyk (Michael); and two stepchildren she shared with Harrison Smith Forrester: Harrison Smith Forrester Jr. (Stacy) and Jamie Self Forrester; nine grandchildren, Patricia McCrae (Alasdair), Jackson Hughes III (Tara), Harrison Hughes, Anne Carter Hughes MacNabb (Mike), Wyn Kittredge IV (Kari), Jim Lee (Alyson), Chase Forrester, Harrison Forrester III and Shep Forrester; and nine great-grandchildren: Anne Miller MacNabb, London Hughes, Carter MacNabb, Jack Hughes IV, Wyn Kittredge V, Addie Lauren Kittredge, Carter Kittredge, Anders Kittredge, and Wade Lee.

Another stepdaughter, Marsha Forrester, died before her.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Springwood Cemetery in Greenville. A reception will follow at Avenue, 110 E. Court Street, Suite 600, Greenville.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the DeBordieu Clubhouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.

Her family thanked Monica Walker, Juanita Walker-Cooper, Keisha “Nikki” Walker and Lucinda Davis for their loving care of Mrs. Forrester over the last year.

Noreene Sneed, 78, former Pawleys Plantation resident

February 9, 2023

Noreene Flynn Sneed of Virginia Beach, Va., a former Pawleys Plantation resident, died Jan. 15. She was  78.  

She was born Sept. 11, 1944, in New York, the daughter of Anne Macedo Flynn and Arthur Flynn. After attending Notre Dame School of Manhattan and Cushing Academy, Noreene joined her father’s public relations firm.  Her work including representing the New York fire and police departments, White Castle and clients at the New York World’s Fair.  

After her marriage to William Sneed, she worked as a paralegal and later in real estate offices as a private property manager. They moved to Flanders, N.J., to a house built in the 1700s.  Mrs. Sneed spent hours doing restoration and planting and caring for her gardens.  She became president of the township historical society, using her love of antiques and history to add several area homes, and even trees, to historic registries. She was a representative on the Governors’ Bicentennial Celebration. 

After the couple moved to Pawleys Island, Mrs. Sneed studied local history, flora and fauna, and built a Charleston-style garden for their home. Her knowledge of the Lowcountry led to a job at the Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Sneed later moved to Texas to be closer to family, and moved with them to Virginia Beach, where she enjoyed being back on the coast, looking out over the water and watching the boats and the birds.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Long (William); her stepdaughter, Kathleen Lukens (Mark); and her grandchildren.

Her husband died before her.

Memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church (

Nancy Watts, 64, teacher had a knack for decorating

February 9, 2023

Nancy Newkirk Watts of Pawleys Island died Jan. 26 at her home. She was 64.

She was born March 4, 1958, in Highland, Ill., the daughter of Josephine Swift and Charles Newkirk. Nancy had a passion for helping those in need that led her to become a skilled and dedicated teacher for many years. 

In her free time, she enjoyed entertaining and creating memories with friends and family.  She had an eye for beauty, a knack for decorating and enjoyed time spent in her garden.

In addition to her mother, of Pawleys Island, she is survived by her companion, Ken Watts; two daughters, Ashley Van Loon (Dean Copeland) of Grasonville, Md., and Emily Watts of Blacksburg, Va; her son, Chris Van Loon (Laura) of Maryland; her grandson, Cole Copeland of Grasonville; her brothers, Charles Newkirk Jr. (Jody) of Broken Arrow, Okla., Phillip Newkirk (Allison) of Wilmington, N.C. and John Newkirk of Pawleys Island; her sister, Sally Monaghan of Mount Pleasant; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of her life was held Sunday at Burroughs Funeral Home. 

A graveside service will be held privately.

Memorials may be made to the Montessori School of Pawleys Island, P.O. Box 3059 Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

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Shirley W. Dickert, 87, citizen of the year in W.Va.

February 9, 2023

Shirley Waites Dickert of Pawleys Plantation died Feb. 1 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 87.

She was born in Columbia, the daughter of Guy and Frances Waites. She graduated from Dreher High School in 1953, attended the University of South Carolina, and married Bacil Dickert on Oct. 20, 1954. They lived for 35 years in South Charleston, W.Va., where Mrs. Dickert was an active member of the Woman’s’ Club.  She loved playing bridge, bowling, and knitting, donating countless quilts, baby blankets, slippers and toboggans to friends and the South Charleston Heart and Hand charity.

Mrs. Dickert was named the 1991-92 Citizen of the Year by the South Charleston Lions Club.  She was also active in the South Charleston Western Little League and coached girls softball.  She impressed the kids, parents, and coaches when she hit a center field home run during the Little League Mothers game.

After retiring to Pawleys Island, she continued her knitting, quilting and bridge groups, and enjoyed escapades with her YaYa sisters. She was nicknamed the “Professor of Good Times” by one of her daughter’s classmates.  She loved taking pictures and was the photographer at many events at the Pawleys Plantation clubhouse.

Although kept housebound by COVID, she never lost her quick wit and sense of humor.

In addition to her husband of 68 years, she is survived by her children, Deborah (Raymond), Bacil Jr. and Laura Ann (Jim); six grandchildren, Chris (Kobi), Lindsay (Lee) Sarah (Jameson), Jennifer, Brittany and Tom; four great-grandchildren, Lucas, Layne, Brooks and Lyla; and a brother, Julius Durham Waites.

Another brother, Robert Waites, died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held April 8 at Pawleys Plantation Clubhouse.

Memorials may be made to Agape Hospice, 2320 Highway 378, Conway, SC 29527.

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Margaret F.Q. Moran, 84, nurse was Lander Univ. first lady

January 26, 2023

Margaret Frances Queen Moran died Dec. 30 at the Lakes of Litchfield. She was 84.

She was born June 14, 1938, at her parents’ home in Ramage, W.Va., the the eldest child of William Elbert Queen and Ernie Faye Stollings Queen. She graduated in 1956 from Gauley Bridge (W.Va.) High School. In June 1959, Margaret graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, W.Va. While attending St. Mary’s, she met William Charles Moran, who was an undergraduate at Marshall University. They fell deeply in love and married on Aug. 24, 1959. In their early married life, Margaret and Bill moved quite often in an effort to advance Bill’s career in academia while simultaneously raising their two sons. 

Margaret was a radiology nurse and a surgical nurse in Baltimore and an OB/GYN nurse in Huntington and Knoxville, Tenn. She later became the director of McClenaghan Place Retirement Center in Florence in the 1980s. Of all her professional roles, she most enjoyed her term as the first lady to the president of Lander University in Greenwood from 1992 to 2000. While at Lander, Margaret served on the board of several civic organizations that served the town of Greenwood and Lander. She also lived in the United Arab Emirates for several years while Mr. Moran worked with the ruling family to establish the UAE higher education accreditation system. 

But more than anything else, Margaret was an extraordinary caregiver, especially to Bill and Kevin, to whom she administered love and care all of their lives, but especially when they needed it most. 

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing bridge and spending time with her family. She loved babies, especially her grandchildren, whom she would visit at least once a month even when she lived in the Middle East.

She is survived by her son, Tom Moran (Liz) of Murrells Inlet, who cared for Margaret when her health began to fail; her grandchildren, Wesley Tyler Moran (Beth Ann) of Pawleys Island, Michael Paxton Moran of Greenville and Sarah Elizabeth Moran of Atlanta; her great-grandchildren Henry Hutchinson “Hutch” Moran and Elizabeth Gray “Birdie” Moran, both of Pawleys Island; her siblings: Peggy Queen Andrews, J.D. (Bernie) of Naples, Fla., Brenda Queen Thorn (Bill) of Brandywine, W.Va., and Dr. William Frederick Queen (Pat) of Martinsburg, W.Va.; her nieces and nephews, Jaye Christopher Andrews (Andrea), Anne Andrews Hill (Steve), Jeffrey David Rhodes (Victoria), Timothy Allen Rhodes, Wesley Queen (Sarah), Dr. Whitney Queen Spry (Mike), James Moran, Andrew Laird Robinson, Neal Moran Robinson, and 17 grand-nieces and nephews.

Her husband died in 2009. Her other son, Kevin Patrick Moran, died in 2010.

A funeral mass will be held Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, with a burial service thereafter. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the William C. and Margaret F. Moran Scholarship in care of the Lander University Foundation in Greenwood or to the William C. Moran and Margaret F. Moran Scholarship in care of the Francis Marion University Foundation in Florence.

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John Henry Whitmire, 71, jeweler whose work celebrated local icons

January 26, 2023

When a restaurant closed at the Hammock Shops, several years ago, John Henry Whitmire thought about what had gone wrong. “I think they missed the idea that Pawleys Island is a very casual place; that we like our fun and we don’t like to get dressed up to have it,” he said.

A jeweler who spent most of his 51 years in business at Pawleys Island, John Henry embodied the stylish and the casual in pieces that combined artistry with coastal themes.

He died Jan. 18 at his home on the river at Hagley. He was 71.

John Henry, as he was known to everyone, was an adventurous, gregarious and charming unofficial world ambassador for the community where he lived and worked.

He was born Dec. 28, 1951, in Greenville, the son of Woodrow and Arla Mae Piephoff Whitmire. He grew up in Easley, and attended and played football at Easley High School before entering the University of South Carolina and majoring in English. 

At USC, John Henry took a class in jewelry making. After leaving Columbia, he worked for a jewelry shop inside the Gay Dolphin gift shop in Myrtle Beach.

He was asked to open a new location in North Myrtle Beach, where he was joined by his childhood friend, John White.

“At the end of the season, the shop got robbed,” White said. “We lost a bunch of cash and lost most of the jewelry inventory. It really set us back. It was a hungry fall and winter.”

In a demonstration of his resourcefulness, John Henry took his craft on the road, doing enough jewelry shows to get through the winter.

“What I saw from that was his resilience and generosity during those times,” White said. “Even though we had very little stuff, if we met someone who had less, he would take them in. He made sure they had something to eat on the way out.” 

He then opened his own business, October Silver, at Pawleys Island in a former chapel at the corner of Highway 17 and Waverly Road. He later moved to the Hammock Shops and renamed the business Whitmire Fine Jewelry.

“I felt like John Henry was a mentor for me in so many ways,” White says. “Nice and naughty and adventurous. He repeatedly taught me how to live life to the fullest, recover from the hard knocks and love people unconditionally. He was a true character in the Southern sense. He was a living legend.”

If charisma was a form of legal tender, John Henry was loaded. He rarely entered a building on Pawleys Island where he wasn’t approached by old friends. He never left without trying to make a new one.

A world traveler, who’d made his way through Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and many places in between, he had a talent for spinning tales.

Louis Osteen, the renowned chef,  once joked  that John Henry believed “it’s more important to have a good story, than for it to be absolutely, totally true.”

When Osteen and Warren Johnston started the Pawleys Island Crawfish Festival, John Henry became its first director. It grew to become a state-sponsored event to promote aquaculture.

John Henry saw life as a series of adventures; stories to be told, to be shared and told all over again. The more dramatic, the better, even if he needed to use a bit of poetic license honed during his years as a creative writing student at USC.

There was the tale about him riding in a carriage at Buckingham Palace, where he had friends, past the startled queen’s window. Or, the time he and a traveling companion were mistaken for terrorists in Ireland. He talked of being at Woodstock.

The late journalist and author Christopher Dickey recalled John Henry offering to teach him to play the harmonica. Dickey was skeptical. He discovered a YouTube video of a riff by John Henry with 30,000 hits.

Through his travel both in this country and abroad, he made thousands of true friends. A lifelong bachelor, he showed extraordinary dedication to his brothers, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He enmeshed himself in the Pawleys Island community, adding to its lore and allure. He skied some of the world’s premier slopes and sailed in the ocean. 

He had a long-time interest in politics, worked on several campaigns and once ran for Congress.

His generosity was legendary. He would complain of being broke, but then buy dinner for an entire table. He always was ready to repair someone’s treasured necklace, or throw an impromptu meal for dozens of friends or relatives. John Henry paid faithful attention over many decades to his oldest brother, Woodrow Wilson “Whit” Whitmire, who lived in a group home for most of his adult life.

He is survived by his brother Ralph Clayton “Clay” Whitmire (Lynn) of Indianapolis; his nephews, Andrew Whitmire (Leah) and Matthew Whitmire (Daphne); his great-nieces, Kate and Kendall Whitmire, and great-nephew, Will Whitmire; and four godchildren, many cousins, children of cousins and grandchildren of cousins. 

In addition to his parents, his step-mother, Elizabeth Jones “Lib” Whitmire, and his brother Whit died before him. 

A memorial service will be held Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, followed by a celebration of his life at Frank’s Restaurant. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice or or to the next person who crosses your path.


Philip W. Comfort, 72, scholar led New Testament translation

January 19, 2023

Philip Wesley Comfort of Hagley Estates, a Bible scholar, author and surfer, died Dec. 31. He was 72.

He was born Oct. 28, 1950, in Sewickly, Pa., the son of Richard and Dorothy Comfort. He grew up in Ohio and attended Kent State University. He earned a doctorate in literary interpretation from the University of South Africa.

Mr. Comfort worked for Tyndale House Publishers in Chicago as senior editor for 33 years. He was coordinating editor/translator of the New Testament of the New Living Translation of the Bible. The project took seven years, he recalled in a 1999 interview. It was his job to review the work of other scholars and come up with a translation on which they could agree.

“The Bible didn’t come with a handbook on how to interpret it,” he said. “The basic message of the Bible that Jesus was the son of God and died for our sins, all the basics. Millions of Bible readers agree on these certain things. But on other issues, there are thousands of interpretations.”

He was married for 50 years to Georgia Comfort, a pianist and music teacher. They raised their family in Chicago before moving to Pawleys Island in 1997.

Mr. Comfort authored more than 15 academic books and six books of poetry. One of his books was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

He took up surfing at age 47. That led to his first novel, “Rescued Retriever,” inspired by the dog he and his wife found abandoned along Highway 17 in Francis Marion National Forest.

“Everyone knew Charlie,” Mr. Comfort said after the novel was published in 2005. “He would follow me into the ocean and watch me surf, and then he would get on the board himself and ride in.” 

The couple saw God move many times in their lives. In 1989, Mrs. Comfort was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. She was given a year to live. 

“I’m a walking miracle,” she said in an interview 25 years later. She wrote about her faith in God and her battle with cancer in a book, “Dying to Live.”

Mr. Comfort continued to work for Tyndale from home after moving to Pawleys Island, traveling to Chicago for meetings. Known in New Testament circles as a Bible scholar’s scholar, he also taught English, the New Testament and Greek at several colleges including Trinity Seminary and Wheaton College and Coastal Carolina University. He taught a bible class at Pawleys Island Community Church for 20 years. 

“I love teaching. I love the interaction,” he said. “I even love the arguments.”

His writing and teaching made an untold impact on the Christian community world-wide.

In addition to surfing, he was an avid soccer fan and coached the JV boys team at Waccamaw High for many years.

While he had an amazing intellect, it was his heart that set him apart. He would spend each morning on the beach in worship of God’s creation and talking to Jesus.

He is survived by his sons Jeremy Comfort, John Comfort (Angela) and Peter Comfort; his grandsons, Sage Cross, Jonah Comfort, Reid Comfort and Drake Comfort; his brothers, Richard Comfort Jr. (Carolyn) and Gregory Comfort (Maureen); his mother-in-law, Joan Algeo Riser; a sister-in-law, Sally Nachamkin; his brothers-in-law Bob Riser and Ted Riser; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Georgia Comfort died in December 2021. Along with his parents, his father-in-law, George Riser, and another sister-in-law, Robin Comfort, died before him.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at Pawleys Island Community Church.

Condolences and memorials can be sent to the church, P.O. Box 777, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Bob Ackerman, 82, musician who transcended genres

January 5, 2023

Robert Jacob George “Big Daddy” Ackerman, a  musician, composer and music educator, died Dec. 27 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 82.

He was born March 16, 1940, in Irvington, N.J., the son of Jacob and Gertrude Ackerman. Incubated in the Golden Age of Jazz, Bob began playing music at the age of 5. In fifth grade, he chose the alto saxophone as his instrument of study, later adding piano, clarinet and flute to his repertoire. He attended concerts by some of the greatest jazz musicians of the time, as well as classical and Broadway performances. 

He entered Montclair State College at 17 and joined the musicians union, playing with orchestras, combos and big bands in the Catskill Mountains and around New York and New Jersey. He received his master’s degree at Columbia University while working as a full-time musician. 

Mr. Ackerman began teaching music and became the high school band director in Highland Park, N.J. Improvising and composing became a passion during these years. He also worked at the Paper Mill Theater and played at jazz clubs at night.

In the mid-1970s, he met and married vocalist Pam Purvis and they embarked on a musical journey that took them around the world performing as a duo and with other noted musicians. Landing in Dallas in 1978, he was in the National Endowment Program of the Arts as a composer and artist-in-residence at the Dallas Arts Magnet High School.

Mr. Ackerman and his wife became well known in the area, playing in a jazz quintet, which led to European performances, all the while continuing to compose and write charts.

In the 1980s, Mr. Ackerman began to buy and sell vintage saxophones, growing his Progressive Winds into an international business. He developed expertise in mouthpiece refacing and was known as the “Mouthpiece Doctor.” 

It was during this time that he realized the value of vintage saxophones and became a pioneer in vintage horn restoration. His relentless pursuit of excellence earned him the moniker “King of Saxophones” and he relocated to the New York area. A larger than life character, his legendary antics and top notch collection of musical instruments drew people from around the world to his home in Irvington.

Mr. Ackerman’s love of young musicians and his kind and giving spirit led him to mentor many students. He would match their style of playing with a custom horn and mouthpiece. He leaves a multitude of recordings in genres from classical to jazz and avant-garde, including his own classical and jazz compositions. 

In the notes to a CD of his symphonic works that he conducted,  Tristan Willems – a musician, composer and publisher who was with the family at his side – called Mr. Ackerman “a rarity among musicians in our day and age: more than a performer who composes or a composer who performs, he transcends musical genres and styles.”

Mr. Ackerman retired to Pawleys Island in 2017, playing local gigs and concerts. He would rather play music than eat when he was hungry and rarely went a day in life without playing. He lived a life of music and left a legacy of passion and excellence.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by his daughter, Tanya Ackerman; his granddaughter, Lauren Ropp; his brother, Russell Ackerman (Fran); and his  niece, Jennifer Kahl.

His sister, Lois Kahl, died before him.

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Marilyn E. Riehl, 80, former Pawleys resident

January 5, 2023

Marilyn Elizabeth Riehl of Worthington, Ohio, a former Pawleys Island area resident, died Dec. 15. She was 80.

She was born on April 9, 1942, in Cleveland, the daughter of William A. Riehl and Talitha H. Riehl. She graduated from Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Akron in historic clothing and textiles. 

She was a member of the Church of the Master, Westerville, Ohio, where she sang in the choir. 

Mrs. Riehl was remembered as an advocate for caring for people and animals who could not care for themselves. She also took great pride and satisfaction in teaching others to quilt, bake and sing.

She is survived by her children, Carolyn Eberly of New Albany, Ohio, Scott Lemmon of Canton, Ohio,  and Stephen Lemmon of North Canton; her grandchildren, Casey Harmon (Drew) of Sunbury, Ohio, and Lauren Eberly of Westerville; her sister, Carol Coate (Barrie) of Fairfield, Calif.,; her  brother, John Riehl (Beverly) of Strongsville, Ohio; two nieces and three nephews. 

Another brother, William L. Riehl, died before her.

A celebration of her life was held Dec. 21 at Schoedinger Worthington Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Kenney Family Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.

James R. Lewis, 87, retired from Cincinnati schools

January 5, 2023

James Roger Lewis of Heritage Plantation died Dec. 21 at his home. He was 87.

He was born  Feb. 10, 1935, in Covington, Ky., the son of Joseph and Buena Daniels Lewis.

He served in the Army and went on to graduate from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in teaching. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and retired from the Cincinnati Public School System. 

In his free time, Mr. Lewis enjoyed the finer things in life and relished time spent with family and making memories with friends.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn; his sons, John Lewis of Erlanger, Ky., and Matt Lewis of Burlington, Ky.; his daughter, Karen Luick (Albrecht) of Esslingen, Germany; and  his brother, Albert Lewis (Bunni) of Miami. 

Another brother, Ike Lewis, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held privately.

Memorials be made to the American Legion of Pawleys Island.

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Connie Britton, 85, columnist was active in community service

January 5, 2023

Mary Cornelia Beck Britton of Sumter and Pawleys Island died at her home Dec. 21. She was 85.

Known as Connie, she was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Sumter, the daughter of Kenneth Emmitt Beck and Rosalie Neyle Beck. Her aunt, Mary Ella Neyle, also had a role in raising her. Connie graduated from Edmunds High School, where she was a cheerleader, played the piano for the chorus and was chosen for the May Court. 

She met John James “J.J.” Britton and they began a seven-year courtship which led to 64 years of marriage. 

While completing a two-year business program at Limestone College, Connie was often visiting J.J. down the road at Clemson, where she was selected as a TAPS Beauty and was the Central Dance Association Sweetheart. 

During her later years at Clemson, she cherished friendships with many wives of the trustees.

The couple married in Sumter on June 13, 1958, and started their family in Charleston, where Mrs. Britton’s support of Dr. Britton’s medical training began. They returned to Shaw Air Force Base in 1967 after living in Miami, Fayetteville, N.C., and Portsmouth, Va.

Her heart overflowed with the love of Jesus, and she encouraged her children to “keep love in your heart.” 

At the Church of the Holy Comforter, she taught Sunday School, hosted Alpha gatherings and served on the wedding guild and vestry. She sprinkled God’s goodness wherever she went, including her beloved Pawleys Island. She was known as “Goose” to her grandchildren because because she gathered and nurtured them like the fabled Mother Goose.

Mrs. Britton had a penchant for writing and penned the Panorama column in the Sumter Item as well as the newsletter for the Tuomey Hospital Canteen. She and her friend, Sister Wimberly, were co-creators of the May Day Celebration at Wilson Hall School. 

She was also an avid bridge and tennis player and often entertained in her home. 

Mrs. Britton enjoyed community service, that included the Sumter Junior Welfare League (president), Sumter Medical Auxiliary, Shepherd’s Center, Stateburg Literary Society, Friends of Swan Lake Iris Gardens (a founder) and Friends of Brookgreen Gardens. She was the first female elected to the board at Black River Electric Cooperative and served for 30 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her brother, George Austin Beck (Connie); her children, Beth Britton Stuckey, Babs Britton Wilson (Tim), Becky Britton Funderburk (Bevan) and Dr. John James Britton Jr. (Helen); her grandchildren, Mary Frances Stuckey, James Stuckey, Britton Troxler (Finch), Charles Noyes, Neyle Noyes, Myers Noyes, Becka Noyes, Betsy Noyes, Jack Britton, Heyward Britton; and her great-grandchildren, Grayson Noyes and Annie Troxler.

Another brother, Kenneth Emmitt Beck, died before her.

A celebration of her life was held Dec. 27 at the Church of the Holy Comforter. A graveside service was held Dec. 28 at Woodland Cemetery at Clemson University.

Memorials may be made to Church of the Holy Comforter.

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Doc Baldwin, 82, businessman who championed high school

January 5, 2023

Maurice Dargan Baldwin II of Hagley Estates, a Pawleys Island business owner for nearly 50 years, died Dec. 23 with his sons by his side. He was 82. 

Known as Doc, he was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Whiteville, N.C., the son of Maurice Baldwin and Elizabeth Dargan Martin. He grew up there and in Spartanburg. He served in the Air Force, which is where he received his nickname. There were three Baldwins in his unit during basic training. Since he was  listed as “Baldwin, M.D.,” he became Doc.

He attended the University of South Carolina, the University of Maryland, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and South Carolina State University. He held a teaching certificate with  master’s degree equivalency.  

He was married for 50 years to the late Bess Baker Baldwin. The couple moved to Pawleys Island from Jacksonville, Fla., in 1974 and started the 3-Way Exxon on Highway 17 at the South Causeway. It was a service station, liquor store and, in the beginning, a restaurant that became a small bar.

Mr. Baldwin then worked in sales before becoming an auto mechanics teacher at the Georgetown Career Center at the Howard School.

In 1985, the couple opened a video rental shop that soon became a Radio Shack franchise under the name Electronics Etc. It had the area’s first fax machine and was its first cellphone dealer.

The business evolved as electronics became disposable. In 2001, they got a contract from the U.S. Postal Service to open a service center in the store during a time when the local post office was struggling with turnover and growing complaints from customers. It started as a six-month contract and has continued to operate ever since. The business later expanded into office supplies.

Mr. Baldwin also had an interest in politics. He ran for Georgetown County Council in 1979 and 1994, both times as a Republican. In between, he served on the executive committee of the county Democratic Party, which he said was the only way to get things done.

He was also one of the early advocates for building Waccamaw High School. The campaign to convince the school board to fund the school, which opened in 1990, was one he remembered with pride, his family said.

Mr. Baldwin was a member of the Pawleys Island Moose Lodge,  Elks Lodge and the local VFW. He was frequent organizer of benefits for community causes, and was remembered as someone who was always willing to help people in need.

He is survived by his sons, Maurice Dargan Baldwin III and Oliver Gore Baldwin, both of Pawleys Island; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth Baldwin and Maurice Dargan Baldwin IV.

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Robert A. Moses, 101, helped build family’s island home

December 1, 2022

Robert Altamont Moses of Sumter, a long-time Pawleys Island property owner, died Nov. 26 at his home.  He was 101.

He was born in Sumter, a son of Henry Phillips Moses and Charlotte Virginia Emmanuel Moses. He was a member of the Class of 1942 at The Citadel. Upon graduation, he joined the Army as a second lieutenant in the infantry. He subsequently served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot, and completed 20 years of military service as a reservist. He then retired from the Air Force Reserves as a major.

Mr. Moses was a member of Temple Sinai and was a former Realtor and real estate appraiser with Henry P. Moses Company. He was a past president or chair of the S.C. Association of Realtors, the Sumter Rotary Club, the Fortnightly Club, the Sumter County Historical Society and Sumter County Master Gardeners, among others. He was also a scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America. 

In addition to community service, he had many interests, including birdwatching, baking, fishing, gardening, hiking and traveling  with friends and family. He spoke fondly of his childhood trips to Saluda, N.C., and helping build his family’s beach house at Pawleys Island in 1939.

Mr. Moses was remembered as a man of honesty, integrity, curiosity, humor and kindness who loved his family and the natural world. He taught by example and was a friend and mentor to many.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Gayness Moses; his daughters, Natalie Moses (Douglas Klaucke) and children, Benjamin, Julien and Robert Pougnier; Carol Moses (David Vasconcelos) and children, Alice Moses, Aldo Pena-Moses; Katherine Moses Royer (Brad) and children, Brendan and Aaron; and Laura Moses; nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Herbert A. Moses; numerous nieces and nephews; and his wife’s family, Frances Gowen (Brent), Sarah Sanford (Bryan) and their children.

His first wife, Harriett Pace Moses, died before him as did his daughter, Elizabeth Moses; a sister, Octavia Moses Mahon and two brothers, Richard Phillips Moses and Vivian Moses.

Memorial services were held Tuesday at Temple Sinai. Private burial will be in the Sumter Jewish Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Temple Sinai General Fund, 13 Church St., Sumter, SC 29150;  the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; the Sumter County Museum, P. O. Box 1456, Sumter, SC 29151; or the charity of your choice.

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Joyce Martenies, 72, senior secretary at Waccamaw Elementary

December 1, 2022

Joyce Ann Martenies of Pawleys Island, a fixture in the front office at Waccamaw Elementary School, died Nov. 21 at her home. She was 72.

She was born April 4, 1950, in Kokomo, Ind., a daughter of William Ashenfelter and Doris Self Ashenfelter.  Ms. Martenies worked for the Georgetown County School District for 32 years. She spent most of her career at Waccamaw Elementary, where she served as senior secretary and bookkeeper. 

She was remembered for her excellent work ethic, knowing every rule in the book and following those rules “to a T.” She was known for her efficiency, attention to detail and dedication. 

In the later years of her career, she began allowing students to affectionately refer to her as Ms. Joyce instead of Ms. Martenies. She loved nothing more than watching the students learn and grow and took great pride in remembering them when they crossed her path as young adults. Ms. Joyce will forever be known for her allegiance to her job and the district as a whole.  

She is survived by two children, Kelly Craig (Phil) and Frank Martenies (Chandra); three grandchildren, Reed Craig, Olivia Craig and Claire Martenies; two sisters, Sally Rutledge and Kim Ashenfelter; a brother, Gary Ashenfelter (Connie); and her stepmother, Rebecca Ashenfelter.  

In addition to her parents, another sister, Cheryl Schmidt, died before her.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Waccamaw Elementary School PTO, 1364 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or to Friends of the Waccamaw Library, 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

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Tommy Huguenin, 80, builder was avid outdoorsman

December 1, 2022

Thomas Barksdale Huguenin  of Litchfield Beach died Nov. 23 at home with his family by his side. He was 80.

He was born Feb. 4, 1942, in Greenville, the son of Thomas Francis Huguenin and Sallie Brown Clark. Tommy graduated from high school at Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and from The Citadel in the class of 1964. He married Martha Dove in 1986. 

Over the years, Mr. Huguenin was a banker, Realtor and, most recently, owner of Huguenin Home Builders. He was a member of Christ the King Grace Church, where he served as both a junior and senior warden. 

He was happiest at his farm, hunt club and watching birds on his back porch with Martha. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish his whole life. 

He was remembered for his memorable smile and contagious laugh that made so many people feel good.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Sallie Houston (Gary) of Davis, Calif., Tommy Huguenin Jr. of Murrells Inlet, Millie Staggs (Leighton) of Atlanta, Aaron Dark of Rock Hill and Donna Huguenin of Murrells Inlet; his brother, T. Frank Huguenin Jr. (Libba) of Greenville; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Christ the King Grace Waccamaw.

Memorials may be made to the Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund in care of The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC, 29409.

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Tommy Huguenin, 80,

builder was avid outdoorsman


Jack Brakebill, 86, led church missions to Cuba

December 1, 2022

Carl Jackson Brakebill III of Knoxville, Tenn., died Nov. 21 in Pawleys Island surrounded by his family. He was 86.

Known as Jack, he was born Oct. 29, 1936, in Knoxville, the son of Carl Jackson Brakebill Jr. and Laura Keener Brakebill. He was a graduate of The McCallie School and the University of Tennessee. 

Mr. Brakebill, who had a second home on Pawleys Island, retired in 1992 from a career with IBM. Far more important to him was his more than 20 years of service working as a missionary, establishing churches in Cuba.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Stephenson Brakebill; his children, Laura Brakebill Olson (Jim) of Winston-Salem, N.C., Carl Jackson “Jock” Brakebill IV (Bee) of Raleigh, N.C., and Yvonne “E” Brakebill Marlowe (Anderson) of Raleigh; his stepdaughter, Robin Langdon White of Siler City, N.C.; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, Cuban Missions, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585.

Cynthia C. Nance, 81, Murrells Inlet restaurant owner

November 23, 2022

Cynthia Chaplin Nance of Murrells Inlet died Nov. 17, 2022. She was 81.

She was born Jan. 4, 1941, in Charleston, the daughter of Roland James Chaplin Jr. and Christine Turbeville Chaplin. She graduated in 1959 from Socastee High School, where she was crowned Miss Socastee. 

Mrs. Nance was the original owner of Nances Creek Front Restaurant until 1991. She was also the owner of Cedar Hill Landing Restaurant with her son, Chris. 

She was a life-long resident of the Murrells Inlet area and was instrumental in the preservation of the creek, where many locals fed their families and made a living.

Mrs. Nance was a member of St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. She was previously a long-time member of Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder, Sunday School teacher and a member of the Presbyterian Women.

She was remembered as strong and dignified, kind and loving. She loved her God and her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Paula Nance of Murrells Inlet and Tina N. Biddix (Charles) of Pawleys Island; her brother, Roland J. Chaplin, Ill (Mary) of Murrells Inlet; her grandchildren, Joshua Cody Wilson, Justin Jay Wilson, Jacob Forrest Wilson, Christen Marie MacKorell (John), Cynthia Ann Mitchell (Matt), Patrick Dylan Bateman; her great-grandchildren, Dargan Marie MacKorell, John Oliver MacKorell, Bennett Ann MacKorell and Amelia Marie Mitchell.

Her son, Christopher P. Nance, died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. Burial will be at 4:30 p.m. at Belin United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent at 

Memorials may be made to the S.C. Commission for the Blind or the St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church Mission Fund.

Lynette Hinds, 88, pianist at First Baptist

November 17, 2022

Lynette Balliew Hinds of Georgetown died Nov. 11 at the Lakes at Litchfield. She was 88.

She was born Jan. 17, 1934, in Alta Vista, Va., a daughter of Doyle Wofford Balliew and Mable Pope Balliew. 

She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Georgetown, where she was the pianist for many years and a member of the Ruth Sunday School Class.  She loved decorating and working in her garden, but her greatest love was for her husband, children and grandchildren.

She was married to Douglas Lanford Hinds.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Scott Hinds (Frankie) of  Johnston; two daughters, Allyson Cruise of Georgetown and Tootie Willhelm (Rob) of Fairhope, Ala.; her grandchildren, Lanford Wrenn, Blair Willhelm, Stephen Wrenn, Wofford Willhelm (Tabatha) and Savannah Hinds; and her great-grandchildren, Colin, Kayla, Cantley and Kennedy.

In addition to her parents, a sister, Martha Ann Lowe, her in-laws, Lillian and Jody Hinds, and a son-in-law, David Cruise, died before her.

Funeral services were held Monday at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Ted Sherrill and the Rev. Keith Wall.

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Katherine Bull, 90, worked in social services

November 17, 2022

Katherine Lucas Bull of Georgetown died Nov. 10 at her home. She was 90.

She was born Sept. 2, 1932, in Georgetown, a daughter of Thomas Cordes Lucas and Alice Vaughan Lucas. She grew up in Georgetown and on Wicklow Hall Plantation. She spent her summers in McClellanville. 

Katherine graduated from Winthrop College in 1955. She worked in social services and for the Colleton County School District. 

She was married to the late Joseph Laurie Bull III, a retired Navy commander.

Mrs. Bull was a member of Prince George Winyah Church and served on the linen, silver and brass guilds. 

She was an honorary member of the Georgetown Garden Club, past member of the DAR, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and the St. Anne’s Chapter of Prince George Winyah Church. She enjoyed gardening, growing herbs, and flowers. She was a passionate sponsor of St. Jude’s Hospital.

In addition to her husband and parents, two daughters, Katherine Breland and Alice Metzendorf,  died before her, as did a grandson, Benjamin Lucas Boensch, and two sisters, Alice Hutson and Mary Easley.

She is survived by two sons, Arthur Cranwell Boensch (Claudia) and Benjamin Hord Boensch (Cecile); a daughter, Frances Boensch Murdaugh; two step-daughters, Emily Bull Williams (John) and Conyers Bull; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Prince George Winyah Church. Burial will be in the churchyard. The family will receive friends in the parish hall following the graveside service.

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Helen Divney, 79, nursing was her calling

November 17, 2022

Helen Divney of Pawleys Island died Nov. 7 at the Lakes at Litchfield with her family by her side.  She was 79.

She was born July 5, 1943, in Passaic, N.J., the daughter of  John and Helen Fuchs Weisz. She grew up in Clifton, N.J., and graduated from Pope Pius XII High School in 1961. At school, she met her lifelong friends: Jo Mary Pescatore, Arlene Givonne, Carol O’Connor, Ellen Mitro, Judy Byrne, Janet Nichols and Diane Cioce. She would often tell stories about her friends, which her grandchildren could recite almost word for word.

Helen graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Passaic as a registered nurse in 1964. She met another lifelong friend in nursing school, Barbara Ippolitti.  After graduation, she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in the ICU/CCU floor. Nursing was her calling. She described her days working as busy, always being different and always there to help.

She was married to the late Peter Divney. They did more together in almost 10 years of marriage than people do in a lifetime, which included traveling to Italy, Ireland, England and Hawaii among other places.

Mrs. Divney loved spending time playing cards with her friends at the Tradition clubhouse, eating out with family and friends and cooking for her family. 

She is survived by her daughter, Barbra Ackershoek (William) of Pawleys Island; her grandchildren, Amy Nicole Ackershoek, Emily Ann Ackershoek and William John Ackershoek; her schnoodle dog, Bailey; her sister, Joyce Faherty (Peter); her stepsons, John Divney, Damian (Michal), Robert Divney (Mary) and their daughter Grace Divney; her brothers-in-law, Michael Divney (Jean), Larry Divney (Alicia), John Divney (Rosie) and Frank Walits; as well as a large extended family.

In addition to her parents, her sister Mary Ann Walits died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at The Abbey in Pawleys Island. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston (RMHC Charleston) or All 4 Paws Animal Rescue.

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Raymond Keller, 32, J.O.Y University member

November 3, 2022

Raymond Thomas Keller of Pawleys Island died unexpectedly at his home on Oct. 30. It was his 32nd birthday.

He was born in Myrtle Beach, the son of Pamela Kitchen of Pawleys Island and Thomas Keller of Garden City. Raymond was a much loved graduate of J.O.Y School and member of J.O.Y University of Pawleys Island.  He was also a member of Active Day of Georgetown and Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

Raymond loved life and everyone that he came across, his family said.  There wasn’t a person who could resist his infectious smile and attitude.  From his school mates, church members, various restaurants, bank, and store associates to all of his family, Raymond was loved by all in return. He befriended so many he could have won most political office runs.

He really was the “Everybody Loves Raymond!”  Many of these people understood and played, “tag your it,” as he and they would try to be the last one to tap the other on the shoulder, especially the ladies.

Raymond knew all of the important landmarks in the area, often yelling out and pointing at Huntington Beach, his schools, his favorite restaurants, the recycling center, as well as the UPS trucks, ambulances, and the sheriff’s vehicles, all the while singing to popular 1980s rock and roll songs.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Christine Kitchen of Pawleys Island, who was influential in his life; his uncle, Philip Kitchen (Ruth) of Pawleys Island; his aunt, Patti Rumbley (William) of Farmington Hills, Mich.; his uncle, Paul Kitchen (Natalia) of Buford, Ga., and numerous cousins.

A Mass of the Christian Burial and service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. There will be a live stream at

Memorials may be made to the J.O.Y. University, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

William B. Hawver, 90, volunteer at state park

November 3, 2022

William B. Hawver of Murrells Inlet died Aug. 11 at National Health Care. He was 90.

He was born in Philadelphia, the adopted son of Sidney Hawver and Irene Hawver and the birth son Earl Becker and Catherine Becker. He lived in Wheaton, Ill.

Mr. Hawver enjoyed playing tennis, outdoor team shooting range competition, politics and building outdoor fire pits.  He served as a councilman for Broome County, N.Y., and was a volunteer with Friends of Huntington Beach State Park. 

He is survived by his wife, Janet Conklin Hawver of Pawleys Island; his daughters, Lucinda Rayome of Greer and Denise Moyse (George) of Mundelen, Ill.; his sons, David Hawver (Frances) of Aiken, Kevin Hawver (Liz) of Fort Mill and Bruce Hawver (Michelle) of Hawthorn Woods, Ill.; his brother, John Hawver (Marsha) of Islamorada, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Two other brothers, Earl Becker Jr. and Jack Becker, died before him.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or Caris HealthCare, South Carolina, 174 Waccamaw Medical Park Ct, Conway, SC 29526.

Frances Tausche, 94, immunology researcher

November 3, 2022

Frances Nadine Gamble Tausche, 94, of West Hartford, Conn., a retired medical researcher and a part-time resident on Pawleys Island, died Oct. 9. She was 94.

She was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Kingstree, the daughter of Beulah and Hugh Gamble. She graduated from Kingstree High School in 1946 and majored in chemistry at Winthrop University, graduating in 1949. She earned a master’s degree in zoology at Indiana University in 1951. While at Indiana, she spent two summers at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, conducting biomedical research, which built what became her life-long career of work with laboratory animals to study and find solutions for human disease. After Indiana, she worked as a biologist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where she investigated the effects of radiation and certain means for radiation to help in human health care. 

She met her future husband, Paul Everett Tausche, in the Oak Ridge Chorus and they married in November 1953. Paul worked at the Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex overseeing the production of fission nuclear fuel and in the development of the fusion reaction processes which was central to the thermonuclear H-bomb technology. 

The couple moved to Trumbull, Conn., in 1957 and to West Hartford in 1959, following Mr. Tausche’s long career with General Electric.  They lived in the same house for over 60 years. Mr. Tausche died in 2020. Mrs. Tausche moved to Atlanta in March. 

Mrs. Tausche worked for 25 years as a research assistant in the Department of Pathology at the UCONN Health Center in Farmington, Conn., where she continued supporting immunology research, coauthoring research papers and mentoring an extensive group of graduate students.

After retiring from full-time work in 1991, Mr. and Mrs. Tausche spent many months each year at Pawleys Island and continued to travel extensively, often taking appreciative family members along on vacation tours. Frances voraciously filled her life with her love of family, friends, singing, piano, music, reading, bird watching, gardening and volunteering in her community.  

She  is survived by her children, Paula Babiss (Lee) and James Tausche (Jane); her grandchildren, Lindsay Babiss Bornheimer (Will), Emily Babiss (Seán O’Mahony) and Hannah Babiss, Charlotte and Andrea Tausche; and her great-grandchildren, Emma, Taylor and Harper Bornheimer.  

A memorial service will be held at a later date in West Hartford. Condolences may be sent to at

Mary Taylor, 85, loved music and the outdoors

October 27, 2022

Mary Francis Taylor of Murrells Inlet died Oct. 17 at Waccamaw Community Hospital.  She was 85.

She was born Dec. 25, 1936, in Mecklenburg County, N.C., the daughter of  Carl Helms and Jonny Harkey Helms. 

A former resident of Fort Mill, she loved working in her yard, being out in the sunshine, country music, going out to the pier and listening to karaoke. She also enjoyed being out on her brother’s boat. 

She is survived by her daughter, Anita Reddish, of Murrells Inlet; her son Curtis Taylor (Joyce) of Statesville, N.C.; her sister, Peggy Branton of Myrtle Beach; her grandsons, Glenn Reddish of Winston-Salem, N.C., Christopher Reddish of Surfside Beach, Mitchell Taylor of Statesville, Michael Taylor (Chrissy) of Statesville and Robert Taylor of Kingsville, Texas; her granddaughters, Kimberly Lynch (Nicholas) of Sherrills Ford, N.C., Amanda Taylor of Statesville and Monica Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas.

Two sisters, Betty Eller and Kathleen Phillips, and five brothers, Tim Helms, Billy Helms, Donald Helms, Charles Helms and James Helms, died before her. 

A graveside service will be held at Unity Cemetery in Fort Mill at a date to be announced.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

Deede Ferri, 73, speech therapist for Horry County schools

October 27, 2022

Deann Spector Ferri of Pawleys Island died Oct. 17. She was 73.

Known as Deede, she was born March 18, 1949, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Victor and Martha Conklin Spector. 

She grew up in Falls Church, Va., and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in New York and a master’s degree from Bloomsburg State College in Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Ferri worked as a speech therapist in Duchess County, N.Y., before she and her husband moved to Pawleys Island. She then worked for the Horry County School District for over 25 years. She loved the children that she helped.

She was remembered as a joyful and artistic person who liked nothing more than spending time and laughing with those close to her. In addition to enjoying her talent for drawing, she was an avid reader, a life-long learner and a lover of nature and travel.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ferri; her son, Emmett Ferri (Abigail); her grandchildren, Henry and Louisa Ferri; her brother, Bernard Spector; and many other family members and friends.

Her son Bret Hansen Ferri died before her.

A gathering in her honor will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mojo’s Marina Bar and Grill in Murrells Inlet.

Jerry Latta, 78, former IBM executive was Brookgreen volunteer

October 27, 2022

Jerry Lee Latta of Pawleys Plantation died Oct. 1 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital after battling a number of serious illnesses for over seven years. He was 78.

He was loving, patient, and always hopeful to the end. His many caregivers looked forward to being with him, as he always had a kind word and never lost his incredible sense of humor.

He was born July 19, 1944, in Guthrie, Okla., the son of Iris and Helen Latta. He lived in Raton, N.M., until he moved to Oklahoma City during his sophomore year. He enrolled at Classen High School and met his future wife, Susan, in a 10th-grade algebra class. 

Upon graduation, he received the Anton H. Classen Medal of Honor, the school’s highest award. Jerry attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in engineering physics. He went on to earn his MBA at Oklahoma City University.

Mr. Latta  worked for IBM for 34 years, retiring in 2001. He started in sales in Oklahoma City, but became a good example of IBM’s early acronym of “I’ve Been Moved” after taking on a marketing manager position in the Los Angeles area, and then a branch manager position in Chicago, before finally settling in Wilton, Conn., where he lived with his family for 25 years. 

He held many various executive positions with IBM in New York and Connecticut, and also spent seven years in Tokyo.

Mr. Latta enjoyed traveling the world, playing golf, watching University of Oklahoma football and Boston Red Sox games, and spending quality time with his extended family at their cottage on Lake Rescue in Ludlow, Vt., where he was an active member of the Lake Rescue Association. 

In South Carolina, he  spent over 10 years as a volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens. He enjoyed being a “meeter/greeter” at the restaurant and spending many hours at the “Nights of a Thousand Candles.”

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by his sons, Blinn Latta (Allison) of Pelham, N.Y., and Blake Latta (Penny) of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; his daughter, Laura Clinton (Ryan) of Naperville, Ill.; his grandchildren, Nathan, Megan, Caroline and Henry Latta, Sean, Conor, Jack, and Colleen Clinton, and Elizabeth and William Latta; his sister, Sue Caldarelli, of Pass Christian, Miss., and his brother, Tim Latta, of Vista, Calif., who came to live with Jerry and Susan at the age of 9 after their parents died. Tim’s children, Chimay Allis and Ryan Latta, considered Jerry as a grandfather.

Another brother, Ron Latta, died before him.

Memorials may be made to the Lake Rescue Association, or for continuing research for Parkinson’s disease or Type 1 diabetes.

Pep Dargan, 84, stock broker was talented golfer

October 27, 2022

Perrin Quarles Dargan Jr. of Mount Pleasant, a former stock broker and long-time resident of North Litchfield, died Oct. 20, after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 84.

Known as Pep, he was born on July 27, 1938, in Spartanburg, the first son of Perrin Quarles Dargan  and Mary Hart Greene Dargan. His mother died when he was 2 and his grandmother helped raise Pep and his brother, Bob. His father later married Mary Louise Hodge of Chattanooga, Tenn..

Growing up in Spartanburg, Pep earned his Eagle Scout rank. He had passions for reading and sports. He was a serviceable basketball player, principally a shooting guard with an unstoppable ambidextrous hook shot, but his true gift was golf. He and Bob traveled around the Carolinas competing successfully in youth golf tournaments and otherwise preying on unsuspecting older golfers. 

His golf career would lead him to many of the world’s great courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Augusta National, Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Wade Hampton, to name a few. Following back surgery in his early 70s, he would shoot his age and under many times, frequently on his challenging home course, The Reserve. He notched two holes-in-one, separated by an epic 50-year drought.

After graduating from Spartanburg High School, Pep attened Davidson College, where he became a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He transferred to Wofford and joined the golf team. The move added fuel to his budding romance with his Converse College sweetheart, Helen Butler Freeman. 

They graduated college in the spring of 1960 and married on June 18.

Mr. Dargan had a successful career as a stock broker, principally with the firm of A.G. Edwards, which allowed him to provide a wonderful life for his family. 

He was a perfect gentleman with impeccable manners. It didn’t take much to make him happy. He was as pleased with a cheeseburger as any fine meal. He loved to say, “Hard to beat a good burger!” 

He was both parts of fun-loving: funny and loving. He had a delightful sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He was kind, generous and deeply caring. He listened to others and responded thoughtfully, offering sage, considered advice, but only when asked. He was, as one of his grandchildren noted, “an amazing listener.” 

He was Pops to his 10 grandchildren and his four step-grandchildren. They  adored him and glowed in his presence. No matter their many and varied paths, he reveled in their journeys, never directing and always applauding. He responded to their good news and accomplishments with one of his favorite words: “Wonderful!” They eagerly anticipated the moment when Pops’ Goodie Box would appear, overflowing with sweet treats.

Mr. Dargan was also a recovering alcoholic who, at his death, had remained unflinchingly abstinent for nearly 50 years, during which time he counseled many people who were struggling to emerge from darkness. He was selfless in his commitment to always being available to those in need. 

He was a committed Christian, who was baptized and raised Presbyterian, but after marrying Butler was given the choice of becoming an Episcopalian or becoming an Episcopalian. So he did. He served his Lord and his congregations in his Episcopal and Anglican parishes on the vestry, as senior warden and long-time treasurer. His faith defined and gave structure and meaning to every moment of every day of his life.

Mrs. Dargan died in  2007. The next year, he married the former Louisa Freeman, Butler’s first cousin and lifelong friend. They fell in love while grieving Butler’s death

Pep and Louisa lived 14 years together in a loving home surrounded by their combined five children and 14 grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, John Bachman Hodge Dargan; his children, Helen Dargan Jones (Robby), Perrin Quarles Dargan III (Lisa)  and Louise Dargan Hughes (Allen); his step-sons Charles Freeman Macloskie (Danae) and John Freeman Macloskie; his grandchildren, Mary Helen, Robert and Perrin Jones and Amelia Jones Spiers (Will), Sanders and Annie Dargan, and Chaplin, James, Josh and Dargan Hughes; and his step-grandchildren, Emma, Mary Hope, Amelia and Frampton Macloskie.

His brothers, Robert Lide Dargan II and Richard Lawton Dargan, died before him. 

A funeral service was held Monday at The Abbey. Memorials may be made to The Abbey or Friendship Place.

There is a guestbook at

Fred Owens, 74, served with Marines in Vietnam

October 20, 2022

Fred Owens of Murrells Inlet died Sept. 30. He was 74.

He was born April 2, 1948, in Camden, the son of Bessie Louise Owens and Clarence Oswald Owens. They moved to Columbia where his parents owned and operated Owens’ Grocerette.  He graduated from Lower Richland High School in 1966 and attended Wingate College before joining the Marines.

He waived his right as a sole surviving son that would have exempted him from serving in a combat zone in Vietnam. He joined Golf Battery, Third Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division at Khe Sanh Combat Base near the DMZ. He remained close friends with the Marines he called his band of brothers, who carried the scars of that war the remainder of their lives. Three of them met recently.  

Mr. Owens worked for the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Division.

He was married for 50 years to the late Anne Hollingsworth Owens.  They lived in Hopkins until they purchased and floated a house across Lake Murray, then raised and remodeled it as their family home in Leesville. They always enjoyed the beach, camping at Ocean Lakes campground for many years before purchasing their second home in Murrells Inlet after Hurricane Hugo. They enjoyed traveling the U.S. and cruising the Caribbean in their retirement. 

Mr. Owens moved to Murrells Inlet permanently after his wife died in 2020. He lived on Lee Avenue, surrounded by friends who visited often, enjoying his wit, intelligence and humor while sharing stories with a cold beer in his man-cave garage or by the pool. Fred loved life at the beach and all it had to offer: fishing, shrimping and crabbing as well as hunting. He was also an excellent shagger in the shagging capital of the world.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Barking Dog on Pendergrass Avenue.  Participants are invited to wear the bright colors he loved and their smiles, share their stories and tall fishing tales. Have a Mich Ultra on him and celebrate the spirit of a good man.

Arline P. Cribb, 98, owned Pawleys Supplies for 28 years

October 20, 2022

Arline Porter Cribb of Pawleys Island died Oct. 7 at the Lakes at Litchfield. She was 98.

She was  born April 11, 1924, in Georgetown, a daughter of William Alpheus Porter and Blanche Mercer Porter. She was married to the late Ernest Cribb Jr.

In 1972, Mrs. Cribb moved back to her home state, planting her roots in Pawleys Island, where she would stay for 50 years. Well known in the community, she owned and ran Pawleys Island Supplies alongside three of her children for over 28 years, serving residents and visitors alike. She was  known to all as “Granny.”

Outside of the store, Mrs. Cribb could be found rocking on the front porch of her Pawleys Island beach house, surrounded by friends and family – her favorite thing to do. Gracious and kind, with a quick sense of humor, she was loved by all.

She is survived by three daughters, Dale Gibson (Douglas), Cathey Furr (Dan) and Martha Brooks (Phil); one son, Ernest Cribb (Doreen); 10 grandchildren, Deedie Cowart (Jason), Douglas Gibson II, Danielle Allen (Lester), Tony Cribb (Susan), Carrie Parker (Todd), Danny Furr (Carina), Nicole Harmon (Gerald), Amanda Gallup (Bruce), Philip Brooks and Emily Brooks; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, a son, William Carroll Cribb; three sisters, Juanita Gordon, Katherine Johnson and Vera Johnson; and a brother, David Porter, died before her.

A service was held Oct. 12 by Mayer-Etheridge Funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, 180 St. Paul Pl., Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1676 Kent Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Dr. Curtiss Mull, 83, trained surgeons

October 13, 2022

Dr. Sears Curtiss Mull of DeBordieu, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died Sept. 13 surrounded by his immediate family. He was 82.

Known as Curtiss, he was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Akron, Ohio, and competitively played golf, football and basketball. 

In his youth, he caddied at Firestone Country Club where he learned to play golf. He went on to play competitively at Bucknell University after he sustained a shoulder injury on the football field. This injury inspired him to change his major to pre-med, attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he met his wife, Angela, and ultimately pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Mull joined the Air Force as a physician. Shortly after completing his tour at Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, he started his orthopedic residency in Syracuse, N.Y., and then settled down in Roanoke, Va. 

He spent 28 years as an orthopedic surgeon, focusing on total joint replacements at Lewis Gale Clinic before retiring in Georgetown in 2001. 

In his retirement years, he frequently traveled the U.S. as a “rent-a-doc” working in clinics and hospitals allowing young doctors to take vacations and spend holidays with their families. He also traveled to Ireland and the United Kingdom to teach and train other physicians on the latest techniques in total knee replacement surgery for Depuy and J&J. 

Dr. Mull was an avid golfer, skier, world traveler, talented gardener and choir singer. He sang in the church choir as a child and loved it so much he continued with choirs into his retirement years. 

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by his children, Curtiss, Stephen, Eric, Jonathan and Mary-Angela; his grandchildren, Susanna Jane, Tia Marie, Kate, Deric, Elizabeth, Nora and Sloane;  and his siblings, Michael and Susanna.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday at the DeBordieu Club. 

Memorials may be made to the Smith Medical Clinic ( or First Tee – Coastal Carolinas ( Dr. Mull was an avid volunteer at both organizations.

Joy L.Y. Tiller, 82, co-owner of two Hammock Shops businesses

October 13, 2022

Joy Louise Yochem Tiller of Pawleys Island died Oct. 6 at Waccamaw Community Hospital with her husband by her side. She was 82.

She was born June 1, 1940, in Galion, Ohio, the oldest of three daughters of Robert and Elizabeth Yochem. Joy graduated from Galion High School and Ohio University, where she studied early childhood education. She spent a few years as a first-grade teacher before starting her own family. Although her teaching career was short-lived, she never lost her appreciation for children and how life is seen through a child’s eyes.

She was married to Charles Tiller. She was tickled with his sense of humor from their high school days, and the spark never dimmed in their 58 years of marriage. They raised three sons. Their family made numerous moves across several states before settling in Pawleys Island in 1983. 

Mr. and Mrs. Tiller worked together for over 20 years as co-owners of Christmas at Pawleys and The General Store in the Hammock Shops and several other retail shops along the Grand Strand. Her strengths were in the artistic and creative sides of the business as well as forming deep relationships with their customers.

Mrs. Tiller was a longtime parishioner at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, where she volunteered her time and talent with their Souper Bowl for Habitat for Humanity.

She loved magical things like Christmas, the coziness of her home and the colors of autumn in New England. She loved traveling with her husband. She could always appreciate a local artist she met in her travels; time spent with her sisters; and a beautiful bloom. She treasured her finds in the antique stores and pottery studios. She cherished the summer vacations with her sisters and their families in Pawleys Island. She could always enjoy a good laugh and was always the first one to laugh at herself.

Mrs. Tiller had a gift for making others feel welcome and could always find a connection with those she had just met. She was quick to host occasions at her home.

Family meant everything to her. She was BaBa to her nine grandchildren, and each knew she was their loudest cheerleader and strongest defender. Ordinary days at BaBa’s house felt like holidays to her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Bob Tiller of Pawleys Island, Andy Tiller (Mary) of Monkton, Md., and Brian Tiller (Carla) of Apex, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Ryan Tiller, Hampton Tiller, Jackson Tiller, Bryant Tiller, Bess Tiller, Mac Tiller, Emily Tiller, Colin Tiller and Jonathan Tiller; two sisters, Ann Yochem Monnett (Buck) and Mary Yochem Houk (Keith); and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the church columbarium. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Litchfield – Pawleys Chapel.

Dr. Thomas W. Kelly Jr., 83, dentist taught at UNC

October 7, 2022

Dr. Thomas W. Kelly Jr. of Murrells Inlet, a dentist who helped train others during his career, died Oct. 2. He was 83.

He was born Nov. 16, 1938, in Spartanburg, the son of Thomas and Anne Kimbrell Kelly. Following graduation from Spartanburg High School, he earned summa cum laude degrees from Wofford College (BS), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from the Medical College of Virginia (DDS). 

Dr. Kelly’s dental career began with five years of private practice in Spartanburg. In 1970, he joined the Veterans’ Administration as a staff dentist, serving in Salisbury, N.C., and Leavenworth, Kan., where he obtained his master’s degree and specialty degree in prosthodontics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. 

In 1974, he was chosen as chief of dentistry for the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., where he also served as chief of staff. During his years in Fayetteville, Dr. Kelly also held a faculty position with the UNC Dental School. He helped train over 500 dental students and nearly 100 dentists seeking postgraduate training and degrees. 

Retiring after 29 years of service to the VA Medical Center and UNC, Dr. Kelly returned to his home state to join Dr. Jason Meares in private practice at the Carolina Dental Center in Murrells Inlet. From 1999 to 2017, he served on the faculty of the dental department of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, helping train approximately 540 dental assistants and hygienists. In 2013, he received the Patron Emeritus Award for outstanding support of the college.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Gay Maddox; his daughters, Kimbrell K. Tucker (Butch) and Beth K. Meares (Jason); his grandsons, Austin T. Meares (Katherine), Bennett A. Meares and Jonathan “Mo” Meares; his great-grandson, Jason M. Meares; and his sister-in-law, Janet M. Luiz.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Students in the Word, P.O. Box 163, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or to St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, 180 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at

Hope J. Nettles, 65, made career in banking

September 23, 2022

Hope Jennings Nettles of Pawleys Plantation died Sept. 12 with her husband by her side. She was 65.

The daughter of Marilyn and George Jennings, she graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, Va. She attended the football game that was the basis for the movie “Remember the Titans,” was based Andrew Lewis vs. E.C. Glass High. 

She then followed in the footsteps of her mother and sister to attend college at Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville, Ga. While claiming it was a family tradition, in reality her attraction to Brenau was its closeness to the men at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.  

At Brenau, she excelled academically and socially, being named to H.G.H Senior Honor Society and Who’s Who of American Colleges. Mrs. Nettles  was also a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, where she met many of her lifelong friends and had the time of her life.

In 1979, after graduating Brenau with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management, she moved to Atlanta to begin a career in banking.  

She spent the next 37 years with various banks and increasing levels of responsibility until her retirement in 2019, when the family moved to Pawleys so her husband could be closer to his family in Florence.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Leonard Nettles; her daughter, Sarah Nettles of Pawleys Island; her stepmother, Preppy Jennings, and her stepbrother, Todd Breneman, both of Greenville, N.C.

In addition to her parents, her sister, Joy Jennings, died before her.

A funeral service was held Monday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. She will be interred in the family plot at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.  

There is a guest book at

LeRoy MacSorley, 84, deputy probation director

September 23, 2022

LeRoy MacSorley of the Tradition Club died Sept. 3 at home with his family. He was 84.

Known as Roy, he was the former deputy director of the Suffolk County Probation Department in New York. He was a past president of the Suffolk County Police Association. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 60 in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. He had also lived in Miller Place, N.Y., and the Bronx, N.Y.

Mr. MacSorley retired to South Carolina to pursue an active retirement that included golf, travel, the beach and entertaining the many friends and family that would visit his most favorite place, his home in Pawleys Island.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kathy MacSorley; his children, Debra Rosenau (Andrew) of Scituate, Mass., Lee MacSorley (Joe) of Fort Wayne, Ind., Arlene Siver (Jerry) of Sterling, Mass., and Miami, Kristin Arabio (Mike) of Wading River, N.Y., and Susan Wright (Matt) of Islamorada, Fla.; his grandchildren, Ryan, Brianna, Katie, Matthew and Lindsay; his sister, Edith Kolb of Ocala, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Two other sisters, Ann and Mildred, died before him.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Condolances may be sent at

Al Mead, 91, Army veteran and artist

September 15, 2022

George A. Mead of Pawleys Island died Sept. 11, 2022 at his home. He was 91.

Known as Al, he was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Greensboro, N.C., the son of William Nelson Mead and Elizabeth Jones Mead. He served in the Army. Mr. Mead was an artist who enjoyed painting and photography. He also loved to read and spend time at the beach.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Mead; his son, William Nelson Mead (Elisabeth) of North Carolina; his daughter, Elizabeth Sullivan of Pennsylvania; his stepsons, Lewis S. Hosea (Lynn) of Georgia and Jerry R. Hosea (Janice) of South Carolina; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at

Condolences may be sent at

Ruth A. Cumuze, 95, enjoyed history and carpentry

September 15, 2022

Ruth Ann Cumuze of Pawleys Island died  Sept. 8 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 95.

She was born Oct. 28, 1926, in Ann Arbor, Mich., the daughter of May Rector Smith and Ernest Bethlehem Smith. She was a former resident of Athens, Ga.

Known to her family as “Grandma Mom,” she was remembered for her strength and beauty. She enjoyed painting, beach walks, South Carolina history, political history and carpentry.  Her lifelong desire was for social equality.  

She is survived by her children, Sharon Carlisle, Jacqueline Dill (Glenn), Michael Cumuze (Teresa), Erin Burns (Gary) and Bambi Cumuze (Mike); her grandchildren, Eric Carlisle (Emily), Farrah Beaudry (Tim), Kelli Barentine (Dan), Kristen Feutral (Mike), Satchele Burns, Mick Cumuze (Sarah) and Connor McCarthy; and her great-grandchildren, Kaleigh Feutral, Colton Feutral, Cannon Feutral, James Carlisle, Anna Carlisle, Aiden Barentine, Ethan Beaudry, M.J. Cumuze and C.J. Cumuze.

Her sister, Patricia Struve, and another granddaughter, Cori Linne Burns, died before her.

In addition to her daughter, Sharon, who cared for Mrs. Cumuze for many years, her family thanked Heather Almony and Karen Wigfall of Amedisys Hospice for their care.

In keeping with the family’s wishes, no services will be held at this time. Memorials be made to Miss Ruby’s Kids at

Aubrey E. Johnson, 89, worked for International Paper

September 15, 2022

Aubrey Eugene Johnson of Murrells Inlet died Sept. 11 at his home. He was 89.

He was born Jan. 20, 1933, in Patrick, the son of Arthur Whitfield Johnson and Julia Lee Pankey Johnson.

Mr. Johnson  served in the S.C. National Guard and worked for International Paper Co. He was remembered as a devoted father and husband, who enjoyed fishing with his son, and just spending as much time with his family as possible.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janice Johnson; two daughters, Linda J. Gordon of Charleston and DeAnna J. Wertz of Murrells Inlet; a son, Michael D. Johnson of Charleston; one brother, Bob Johnson of Kayesville, Utah; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Four other brothers and a sister died before him.

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

Condolences may be sent at

Doug Billings, 80, rose to Holiday Inn board from smallest inn

September 15, 2022

Douglas G. Billings of Murrells Inlet, who spent a career in the hospitality industry, died Sept. 5  following a brief fight with aggressive cancer. He was 80.

He was born March 9, 1942, in Creston, Iowa, the son of Nancy Wilhelm Petersohn and Glen Billings. He grew up in Red Oak, Iowa, and earned a degree in political science from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, where he also served as president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and of the student body.  He married the former  Annette Sellergren on June 21, 1969, in Stanton, Iowa. He served in the Army National Guard from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s.

Mr. Billings worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 40 years. His career began as general manager of the Holiday Inn in Red Oak, which was the smallest property in the international Holiday Inn system, from 1972 to 1986. In 1984, he was elected to the International Board of Holiday Inns, which afforded international travel experiences and lifelong friendships. In 1986, he moved his family to suburban Philadelphia to work for the Pickering Group, an upscale hospitality management and development firm. He later created and led the hotel and hospitality products marketing division of the federal Resolution Trust Corp. during the savings and loan crisis. 

Mr. Billings and his wife relocated to Murrells Inlet in 2005. He was an inaugural member of the advisory board for the resort and tourism program at Coastal Carolina University, where the family held football season tickets. In the following years, he worked in luxury residential real estate, most recently with the Lachicotte Co.  – Christie’s International Real Estate.

He was a perpetual student of history, politics and American government, and was a true believer in “the great experiment” of American democracy. He was a voracious reader, devouring every John Grisham novel and myriad books on American history. He was a natural leader, a wonderful orator and mediator, and was well-known for his gift of expression in business, family and church life. 

Mr. Billings was a member of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. He served as a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and was on the selection committee for the new diocesan bishop.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his daughters, Melissa Billings (Gretchen Schultz) of Philadelphia and Abigail Whittaker (Christopher)  of St. Augustine, Fla.; his grandchildren, Harper and Aubrey Whittaker of St. Augustine; a special family member, David Dozier (Ingrid) of Myrtle Beach; his brother, William H. Billings (Jan) of Manhattan, Kan.; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

His sister, Jane Horton Leasman, died before him

A memorial celebration of life will be held Sept. 21 at 10:30 am at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. Interment will follow in the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 ( or the church, 113 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585. 

Bill Wickliffe, 78, left Ford to help run retail business

September 15, 2022

William Wickliffe of Mount Gilead died Sept. 8 at his home while comforted by his family following a long illness. He was 78.

He was born Aug. 2, 1944, in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland, the son of William and Mary Wickliffe. When Bill turned 21, and seeking a new adventure, he moved to Canada. He eventually signed on with Ford Motor Co., where he rose to a position of head union steward at the Toronto installation. In 1980, he met his future wife, Sybil, while he was visiting in Myrtle Beach with friends from Canada on a golf holiday. They were married a year later. Bill soon joined Sybil in her retail business, The Mole Hole. 

Though he had no retail experience, Mr. Wickliffe was a quick learner and was soon running the day-to-day operations. They were a formidable team and had soon grown the business in sales and locations. 

He never really retired and continued to go into his Mole Hole office most every day, but he did take time to play some golf and fish with friends, take cruises and travel internationally with his wife.

He was remembered as a respected businessman and a loyal friend who was devoted to his family. He was a kind, caring, and generous man. 

In addition to his wife of 41 years, he is survived by his stepsons, Wilkie Melton, Kemp Melton and Erik Hanson; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as his extended family in the UK and Ireland.

Another stepson, Mike Melton, died before him.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to U.S. cancer research or Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.



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