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Imogene Friedrich, 76

March 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacob B. Elliott, 30, worked as financial advisor

March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edward B. Robinson, 77, small business owner

March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent at

Dolores Graf, 88, a ‘kind heart’

March 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

March 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at

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

March 14, 2019

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

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

He attended Pawleys Island Community Church.

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

Another sister, Shirley Hanser Cooper, died before him.

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

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

Condolences may be sent at

James Archambeault, 76, photographer of Pawleys calendars

March 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nell Smith, 81, source of chatter and laughter

February 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Cox, 80, retired special agent with FBI

February 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Georgetown County Planning Commission:  April 18, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers.

Pawleys Island Town Council: Town hall meeting about beach renourishment. April 20, 9 a.m., Pawleys Island Chapel.

Georgetown County Council: April 23, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

Georgetown County Republican Party: Update on the state party platform. April 26, noon, Applewood House of Pancakes.

Tourism Management Commission: May 2, 3:30 p.m., Lachicotte Co. office.

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