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Gertrude T. Chandler, 100, won gold at London flower show

June 6, 2022

Gertrude Thomas Chandler of Georgetown, an award-winning gardener, died Monday surrounded by her family. She was 100.

She was born May 1, 1922, the daughter of Sally Gertrude Budd Thomas and Samuel Sidney Thomas. She graduated from Andrews High School and attended Rice Business College. She was married to the late Wilbur Roslyn “Rossie” Chandler.

A lover of nature and the outdoors, Mrs. Chandler was a nationally-accredited master flower show judge and landscape critic, a master gardener, a life member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs and a former chaplain and life member of the Garden Club of South Carolina.  She was chosen to represent the U.S. and won the coveted gold medal for her flower design in the 1996 Royal Horticulture Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in London.  

Mrs. Chandler served on the National Council of Garden Clubs Board for over 25 years.   In addition, she served on the boards of the Kaminski House and the Georgetown Historic Foundation. She served on the Georgetown County Board of Education for 17 years.

A member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church for over 75 years, Mrs. Chandler served as a board of trustee chairman, played the piano for the men’s Sunday school class, was a youth group counselor and a member of the chancel choir.  The church gardens, which she designed and landscaped, are included in Nell S. Graydon’s book “South Carolina Gardens.”

She is survived by her daughters, Wilmer C. Richardson (Doug) of Clemson and Linda C. Hansen (Ralph) of Richmond Hill, Ga.; her grandchildren, David Richardson, Ted Richardson, Roslyn H. Woerhrman (Scott), Christine H. Lefevre (Jason) and John Hansen III.; her great-grandsons, Ben, Alex, Jeff, Brian and Michael Richardson, and Chase Lefevre; her great-granddaughter, Madeline Gertrude Woehrman; and many nieces and nephews.

Her sisters, Dorothy T. Carter and Edna T. Sawyer, and her brothers, Basil, Edward, Sidney and David Thomas, died before her.

Funeral services were Wednesday at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial was in  Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC. 29440 or a charity of your choice. 

Lila M. Fairey, 88, former Pawleys Island resident

May 31, 2022

Lila Murray Fairey of Greenville, a former Pawleys Island area resident, died May 31. She was 88.

A Greenville native, she was the daughter of Dr. John Girardeau Murray and Lila Graham Murray. She attended school in Greenville, graduating from Greenville High with the Class of 1952 and often spoke of her fondness for her friends and experiences there. 

Lila then headed to Washington, D.C., for college at Mount Vernon before graduating and returning to Greenville. 

Primarily a resident of Greenville for most of her life, she lived the last 20 years in Pawleys Island married to the late Dr. William Fletcher Fairey III. Following his passing in 2020, Mrs. Fairey returned to Greenville. 

She loved nothing more than to spend time with friends and to be surrounded by her family, whom she adored. She was remembered as loving, gracious and fun. She was as beautiful inside as out and had a deep faith that sustained her throughout her life.

She is survived by her sons, Harold Marion Hewell (Vickie) and Murray McJunkin Hewell (Eileen); her daughters, Lila Hewell Kittredge (John) and Clara Hewell Weston (Nelson); her grandchildren, Lila Marian Kittredge (Eric Freise), John Williamson Kittredge Jr. (Maggie), Zay Jeffries Kittredge II (Jennifer), John Murray Hewell, James McJunkin Hewell, Clara Elizabeth Weston, Caroline Woodward Weston and Shannon Nelson Weston III; and three great-grandchildren, Murray Jeffries Kittredge, Elwyn Marguerite Kittredge and Amarillys Marian Kittredge. Twin great-granddaughters are expected in August and will be named Lila and Murray. 

She is also survived by her godchild, Preston Gibson McAfee and Dr. Fairey’s five children, their spouses and families.

In addition to her parents and husband, her brother, Dr. John Girardeau Murray Jr., and her sister, Martha Murray Gulian, died before her.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. A reception will follow at the Poinsett Club. A graveside service will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in the All Saints Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lila Kittredge Endowment Fund at Christ Church Episcopal School, 245 Cavalier Dr., Greenville, SC 29607 or to a charity of your choice.

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Benjamin Paget, 85, owned the family car dealership

May 18, 2022

Benjamin L. Paget of Lexington, a former Garden City resident, died May 18. He was 85. 

He was born in Greer, the son of J. Suddath Paget and Ruth Cunningham Paget. He graduated from Furman University.  

Mr. Padget was the third-generation owner of Paget Chevrolet in Greer until its sale in 1988. He served on the city of Greer Public Works Commission and the board for the Bank of Greer and United Carolina Bank.  

He was a member of Greer First Baptist Church, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington.  

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancee; his brother, John Page (Patsy) of Marietta, Ga.; his daughters, Susan Paget Amick (Brian) of Lexington and Patty Paget Joye (Chris); his son-in-law, Steve Joye of Columbia; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

A daughter, Kathy Paget Joye, a brother, James S. Paget Jr., and a sister, Jessie Paget Lamb, died before him.

The family will hold a graveside celebration of life service June 5 at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Greer. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 213 St. John’s Church Rd., Lexington, SC 29072.  

Anne Salley, 55, led marketing for Smith Medical Clinic

May 17, 2022

Anne Richie Salley of Pawleys ISland died May 17 at the Medical University of S.C. She was 55.

Anne was born Sept. 20, 1966, in Richmond, Va., the daughter of James Dare Richie and the late Rosann Gray Bateman.  

She was a Winyah Academy graduate and long-time fitness instructor  and personal trainer at the local YMCA.  Anne was a pillar of the community and was known for greeting everyone with her bubbly personality, big smile, and beautiful laugh.  

She was the marketing director at Smith Medical Clinic, where she gave endlessly of herself to promote their mission of providing complete medical care to the uninsured residents in Georgetown County. 

Mrs. Salley was remembered for her uncondition al love and acceptance,  her energy and her love of life. She was a mentor, friend, fitness partner and a shining light to many.  

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband of 25 years, J. Alexander Salley Jr.; her sons,  Joshua Morris Parker (Taylor Jessica Callinan) and Julian Alexander “Trey” Salley III; a sister, Jennifer Richie of Georgetown; a stepsister, Tiffany Bateman Osborne of Telluride, Colo.; her mother-in-law, Kathryn Wallace Salley of Columbia; her stepmother, Marissa Richie, of Aylett, Va.; two brothers-in-law, Charles Wallace Salley (Susan) of Columbia and Mark Hedrick Salley (Jane) of Columbia; a number of nieces, nephews and extended family. 

In addition to her mother, her stepfather, John Bateman, and her and her father-in-law, Dr. Julian Salley, died before her.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Winyah Auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Smith Medical Clinic, 99 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585. 

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Charles J. Muratore, 80, coached Little League teams

May 17, 2022

Charles Joseph Muratore of the Tradition Club died May 17 at his home. He was 80.

 He was born Jan. 4, 1942 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Charles Muratore and Helen Izzo Muratore. He was interested in all sports. He was a coach for Little League baseball for many years. He enjoyed gardening, golfing and spending time with his family. He was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Muratore; his sons, Charles Muratore of Mexico, Michael Muratore (Mary) of Virginia and Christopher Muratore (Melani) of Ohio; a sister, Helene Scharaldi of Florida; seven grandchildren, Riley, Kirby, Claudia, Michael, Christopher, Tobin  and Miles; a great-grandchild, Ellory; and several nephews and a niece.

A funeral mass with military honors will be held  June 25 at 11 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society ( or to Amedisys Hospice, 402 Singleton Ridge Rd., Conway, SC 29526.

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Doug Harvey, 81, businessman answered call to Anglican ministry

May 15, 2022

The Rev. M. Douglas Harvey of Pawleys Island died May 15 at his home surrounded by family due to complications related to Parkinson’s. He was 81.

He was born Sept. 22, 1940, in Lynchburg, Va., the son of Bill and Frances Stratton Harvey and older brother to the late Kitty Mauldin (Jess). He served both active and reserve duty in the Marine Corps and attended the University of Richmond. 

He met his future wife, Anne Morrison, in 1965 on a blind date and married her later that year. The couple began life together in Richmond, where Doug started his civilian career in banking.

Relocating to South Carolina in 1975, Rev. Harvey continued in banking until becoming a furniture manufacturer’s rep, traveling the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states. He and Anne eventually expanded the company to include their two sons, Gray (Andrea) and Blaine (Heather).

After a lifetime of service in the Lord’s name, he followed his call to ministry and was ordained by the Anglican Church in 2003, gaining the nickname “Deacon Doug.” 

He was known as a kind, gentle spirit who listened with an open and loving heart. 

He responded with truth and peace and often found himself ministering to strangers who approached him at the post office or grocery store. His quick wit often broke the ice or bridged a gap with folks he encountered.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his sister-in-law, Deborah Bryant (Jay); four grandchildren, Liza Campbell (Drew), Lucy, Wave and Curren;  his great-granddaughter, Margot Campbell; and an extended family. His favorite people called him “Pops.” 

His family thanked Amedysis Hospice and his many caregivers, including Dana Funny and Victorious Graham. Rev. Harvey enjoyed many long-term friends who stayed by his side in health and sickness. 

A celebration of his life will be held May 24 at 2 p.m. at The Abbey at Pawleys Island where he served for many years. Family and friends will gather at The Abbey afterward.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey, 46 Gathering Lane, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or Friendship Place, 1905 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Sylvia E. Guthrie, 76, former county school administator

May 15, 2022

Sylvia Eugene Guthrie of Pawleys Island, a former administrator in the Georgetown County School District, died May 15 after a long illness. She was 76.

She was born Aug. 19, 1945, in Graham, N.C., the daughter of Bertha Kent Guthrie and Floyd Eugene Guthrie. She grew up in Lamar. After graduating from Lamar High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Furman University. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Guthrie was a highly effective, well-respected educator, who dedicated her life to the teaching profession and the children of South Carolina. She loved people and was often a mentor to others. Her advice was eagerly sought by her colleagues. 

She began her career as a first-grade teacher, assistant principal and curriculum coordinator in Irmo with Lexington School District 5. She served as principal in Greenwood School District 50 and then Georgetown County Schools. She was also an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction with Georgetown County Schools as well as Lexington School District 1. 

After her retirement, she served as supervisor for student interns at Coastal Carolina University and as a graduate instructor for Webster University. For over 40 years, student learning was her passion. She leaves behind thousands of students and educators she impacted during her life. Our world is much richer for Dr. Guthrie’s dedication and works in the education profession.

She was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. She was also an avid sports fan who loved all sports at the college and high school levels. Her other interests included music, reading, traveling and the Belin Backpack Ministry that helps to prevent hunger in school-aged children.

A private memorial service will be scheduled.

Memorials may be made to the Belin Memorial UMC Backpack Ministry, P.O. Box 528, Murrells Inlet, S.C. 29576.

William G. Moore Jr., 81, started commercial realty company

May 11, 2022

William Gatewood Moore Jr. of Murrells Inlet, who made a career in commercial real estate, died May 11. He was 81.

He was born Jan. 19, 1941, in Florence, the son of William Gatewood Moore and Mary Cross Moore. He grew up in Marion, where he was an Eagle Scout, an acolyte at the Church of the Advent and a proud member of the 1955 state championship baseball team.

He graduated in 1959 from Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, where he was co-captain of the football team, struggled to pass French and later served on the board of trustees. He attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill before earning his bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C.

After moving to New York, he worked on Wall Street at Bankers Trust Co. while pursuing his master’s degreee in business administration at Columbia University.

Mr. Moore moved to Atlanta in 1970 where he met and married Natalie Joy Norris. They raised two sons. He enjoyed a long career in the commercial real estate industry, with the Myrick Co. and his own brokerage, the WG Moore Co., specializing in the sales of office buildings and shopping centers.

He founded National Home Respiratory Care, a home health care provider, in 1990. It was sold eight years later to Lincare.

He spent his final years in Georgetown and Murrells Inlet.

Mr. Moore was remembered as man with great compassion, an infectious smile and a generous heart. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a lifelong passion for history.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, William Gatewood Moore III and James Robert Moore.

A graveside service will be held Saturday at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion.

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Paul Z. DuBois, 86, librarian was a Pulitzer Prize nominee

May 7, 2022

Paul Zinkhan DuBois of Pawleys Island died May 7 following a long illness. He was 86.

He was born Jan. 5, 1936, the sixth and only surviving child of John Harold and Marie Miller DuBois. He grew up in Kent and Oxford, Ohio, attended Antioch College and graduated from Hiram College. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in library science from Kent State University and his doctorate in American studies from Case Western Reserve. 

His doctoral thesis, “Paul Leicester Ford: An American Man of Letters 1865-1902,” was published as a book in 1977 and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 

Dr. DuBois worked as an academic librarian for the entirety of his career, holding positions in Cooperstown, N.Y.; Kent, Ohio; Trenton, N.J.; and Rock Hill.

He was married for 62 years to the late Carol Ann Johnson DuBois.

Dr. DuBois was remembered as a delightful human being with the ability to quote extensively from anything he’d ever read. He was also a consummate storyteller. 

He is survived by his daughter, Megan (Jonathan Alden); his son, Paul Christopher DuBois; and his grandchildren Alexander, Campbell, Nathaniel and Sigourney Alden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local library.

Condolences may be sent at

Joseph A. Chiarilli Jr., 64, owner of Classic Style Homes

May 6, 2022

Joseph Anthony Chiarilli Jr. of Murrells Inlet died May 6 at his home surrounded by family after a long illness. He was 64.

He was born Feb. 14, 1958, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Mary Malone Chiarilli and the late Joseph Chiarilli. 

He played many sports in his youth and moved to Myrtle Beach on a soccer scholarship to Coastal Carolina University. He earned degrees in business finance and accounting. 

After college, he worked toward his contractor’s license and began doing what he loved: building. He became a general contractor and owner of Classic Style Homes. 

Mr. Chiarilli was an avid golfer who loved his Sunday group and the “Golfsters” group he played with for many years.

His first wife, Gloria Banks Chiarilli, died before him.

Mr. Chiarilli was remembered as a generous and kind person who made friends easily and kept them close for years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Heidi Chiarilli; his sister, Theresa Chiarilli; his niece, Courtney Bellinger (Jeremy); his nephew, Michael Benson; his godson, Anthony Bellinger; two stepchildren from his first marriage, Adrian Brown (Tara) and Nichole Godwin (Will); two stepchildren from his second marriage, Daniel Geiger (Margaret) and Andrew Geiger; five grandchildren, Billy, Madison, Anna Grace, Adilynn and Raquel; and an extended family.

A celebration of his life will be held May 22 at 3 p.m. at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. Family and friends will gather after the service at Inlet Affairs.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 402 Singleton Ridge Rd., Suite 3, Conway, SC 29526.

Condolences may be sent at

Christine M. Testa, 88, retired math teacher

May 4, 2022

Christine Marie Testa of the Tradition Club, a retired math teacher, died May 4 at her home. She was 88. 

The daughter of Edward and Caroline Tenco Caruso, Christine grew up in Newark, N.J. and attended West Side High School, where she was head majorette, lead in the school drama  and valedictorian. 

She met her future husband, Thomas Testa, at Montclair State College, where she graduated as a mathematics major in 1954.

A former resident of Montclair, Nutley and North Caldwell, N.J., she taught math in the Nutley Public Schools division until retiring in 1994, serving as department head at Franklin Junior High School, and long-time Honor Society sponsor at Nutley High School. 

She was a member of the Nutley Education Association, and a lifetime member of the New Jersey Education Association.

She also supported her husband’s leadership roles with the Belleville and Essex County Education Associations. A strong woman of faith, she and her family were parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church in Nutley. 

During these years, Mrs. Testa could also be seen in her “first lady” role proudly cheering for Belleville High School and Montclair State football teams coached by her husband.

Summers in Myrtle Beach led to the couple’s retirement to Pawleys Island. 

Mrs. Testa was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, where she was active in the Women’s Club, serving as a model at its benefit fashion show.

She was remembered for her kindness, resilience, intellect and love of family. Her fierce commitment to biweekly salon visits, and her nickname “Lightning,” will forever bring smiles to her family. 

Mrs. Testa enjoyed travel, fashion, decorating, music and theater.

Mrs. Testa is predeceased by her two parents, her beloved husband, and her sister and lifetime confidante, Marilyn C. Allen. 

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Testa Rye (Kenneth); her sons, Thomas E. Testa (Gelsa) and Edward Testa (Mary); five grandchildren, Kristin Testa, Dana Rye, Gina McGuiness (Paul), Daniel Rye  and Nicole Testa; two great-grandchildren, Emersyn and Madisyn McGuinness; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 13 in Cedar Grove, N.J.

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Memorials may be made to Fight Colorectal Cancer at

Rusty Langley, 86, worked 40 years in textile industry

May 2, 2022

Burnice Russell Langley Jr. of Pawleys Island died Monday at his home with his wife at his side following a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86.

Known as Rusty, he was born Nov. 18, 1935, in Columbia, the son of B. Russell Langley and Edith M. Langley of Greenville. He attended Greenville High School and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in textile engineering. He served two years in the Army.

Mr. Langley worked in the textile industry over 40 years. Upon retirement, he worked in real estate at Pawleys Island for several years.

He was a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir and was active in the Men’s Breakfast Ministry. Some said he was the best scrambled egg cook in the state. He was an avid flounder fisherman in Pawleys Creek. He was an accomplished water skier and taught the sport to his sons.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marilyn Langley; his sister Salley Batson (Elliott) of Greenville; his sons, Russell Langley (Robin) of Charlotte, Christopher Langley (Beth) of Spartanburg and Brian Langley (Kerry) of Buford, Ga.; his daughter, Inger Lilleoer (Hans) of Denmark; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 12 at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice Care, 402 Singleton Ridge Rd., Suite C, Conway, SC 29526 or Bread of Life Ministry at the church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 (

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Richard J. Brook, 89, avid gardener

May 1, 2022

Richard John Brook of Murrells Inlet died May 1 at his home. He was 89.

He was born April 29, 1933, in Winona, Minn., the son of Chauncey Joseph Borzyskowski and Winifred Ernestine Bauer. He served in the Army.

Mr. Brook was an avid gardener and a master gardener in the Brookgreen Gardens program.  He had a love of art, taking classes as part of the Seacoast group through UNC and OLLI classes with Barney Slice at Pawleys Island.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol A. Brook; his children, Richard J. Brook Jr. of Asheville, N.C., Daniel R. Brook (Teresa St. Marten) of Portland, Ore., Timothy S. Brook (Margaret) of Duxbury, Mass., and Jennifer J. Brook (J. Dunwoody) of Laconia, N.H.; his grandchildren, Richard J. Brook III, Henry A. Brook, Samuel B. Brook, Charles Brook, Emily Brook Sahlberg, Robert Brook and Andrew Brook.

His  sisters, Frances Korupp and Elizabeth Newman, died before him.  

His family thanked Amedysis Hospice and his caregivers, Amanda Simpson and Katrina Gause.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Brain Foundation or a related brain research organization.

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Anthony H. Dallas, 53, GHS grad worked as electrician

April 29, 2022

Anthony Harris Dallas of Pawleys Island died April 29 surrounded by his family. He was 53.

Known as Dallas, he was born Dec. 9, 1968, in Bethal, N.C., the son of Hilda and Doug Simon and Will and Mary Kay Dallas. He grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Georgetown High School. He joined the National Guard, serving for 10 years.

Mr. Dallas was an electrician by trade. He enjoyed fishing, helping others and spending time with family and friends. He was remembered as a kind and generous man with an endearing smile and an infectious spirit.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughters, Megan and Katie Dallas; his sister, Ashley Godfrey; and his fiancée, Tammy Jewell, and her children, Skylar and Gage.

A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Georgetown. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a college fund for his daughters, P.O. Box 2817, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

R.J. ‘Bubber’ Ferdon, 91, businessman chaired hospital boards

April 29, 2022

Richard James “Bubber” Ferdon Jr. of Georgetown died April 29 at Veteran Village in Florence.  He was 91.

He was born Dec. 12, 1930, in Georgetown, a son of Richard James Ferdon and Maggie Camlin Ferdon. He was a graduate of Winyah High School and The Citadel, class of 1951, where he was a member of the Summerall Guards, the boxing team, and Block “C” Club. 

Mr. Ferdon served with the 24th Infantry Division in Japan and the 45th Infantry Division in the Korean War as a rifle platoon leader and company commander. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor with oak leaf cluster, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Service Medal and Japan Occupation Medal. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. 

Mr. Ferdon was owner and operator of the Western Auto Store for 35 years and entered into commercial real estate until his retirement in 2010. 

Mr. Ferdon served on many boards including, the Georgetown Hospital board of trustees for 35 years, where he was a past chairman and secretary. He later served as secretary and chairman of the board of the Waccamaw Community Hospital. 

He was honored as South Carolina Hospital Trustee of the year in 2007. 

He was a chairman of the board of the Methodist Oaks Retirement Home and a board member of Tara Hall Home for Boys. He served as president of the S.C. Retail Council, Georgetown Rotary Club, Winyah Indigo Society and Georgetown Cotillion Club. 

He served as a director at Carolina First Bank and the local advisory board of S.C. National Bank. 

He was married to the late Mary Elizabeth Fielder Ferdon.

Mr. Ferdon was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church until 1964 when he became a charter member of Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served as a lay leader. 

Mr. Ferdon was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with friends and family. 

He is survived by three sons, Richard Fielder Ferdon (Joyce) and James Haskell Ferdon of Georgetown, and Robert Jackson Ferdon of Conway; two daughters, Mary Beth Ferdon Kornahrens (Glenn) of Suches, Ga., and Anne Ferdon Sawyer (Clint) of Pawleys Island; six grandchildren, Richie Ferdon (Allison), Rangeley Ferdon Laney (Edward), Steve and Maggie Kornahrens, Jackson Ferdon (Leatha) and Lizzie Moore; and four great-grandchildren, Mikey and Danny O’Briant, and Thomas and Emma Laney. 

His brother Edward James “Sonny” Ferdon, died before him. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.  Friday at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ross Chellis. 

The family will receive friends in the church parlor at 10 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church, 84 Forest Ave., Georgetown, SC 29440, or The Citadel Alumni Association, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409. 

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Betty L.G. Bourne, 91, nurse directed surgical services

April 28, 2022

Betty Louise Gunter Bourne of Georgetown died April 28 at Mount Pleasant Gardens. She was 91.

She was born Jan. 9, 1931, in Georgetown, a daughter of William Jesse Gunter and Pearl McKenzie Gunter.   She was a step-daughter of Troy Poston. Betty graduated from Winyah High School in 1949, and the Medical College of South Carolina School of Nursing in 1953.  She worked briefly for International Paper Co. before starting a 38-year career at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.  She retired in 1992 as operating room supervisor and director of surgical services. She was married for 58 years to Carlton Russell Bourne, who died in 2015. 

Mrs. Bourne was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church and was active in the Susanna Wesley Church School Class. She loved her family and took great pride in her children and grandchildren.  She loved spending time at Pawleys Island. 

She is survived by her son, Charlie Bourne (Sheryl) of Mount Pleasant; her grandchildren, Grayson Bourne (Nikki), Parker Bourne (Brooke) and Bethany Bourne; her great-granddaughter, Ellie Kate Bourne; her brother, Donald Gunter (Joyce) of Georgetown; and her sister, Carol Jean Frye (Jim) of Indio, Calif.

Her daughter, Sarah Ellen Bourne, and a grandson, Dawson Bourne, died before her.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ross Chellis.  Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

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A.H. ‘Doc’ Lachicotte Jr. | 1926-2022 Hammock maker who built on traditions

April 24, 2022

It started as a challenge.

Some friends told Doc Lachicotte he would never make a living at Pawleys Island; it was too far from Myrtle Beach.

That was in the early 1950s, when he first started selling real estate. Oceanfront lots sold for $1,500. “And they couldn’t sell them,” he recalled.

But over a career that spanned nearly seven decades, he created businesses that came to define Pawleys Island by celebrating its past and making those who bought property from him want to protect it.

Lachicotte died Sunday at his home next door to one of those businesses, The Hammock Shops. He was 95.

Arthur Herbert Lachicotte Jr. was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Manning. His mother, the former Virginia Ingram Wilson, had gone there to be with her family because the ferries that provided the only transport between her home at Waverly Plantation were uncertain. His father, Arthur Herbert Sr., had various jobs, including leasing land at Willbrook for hunting parties.

The senior Lachicotte had been nicknamed “Little Doc” for his habit of following Dr. Ward Flagg around Brookgreen as a child. With the birth of his son, he became Big Doc.

Little Doc grew up at Waverly, which his great-grandfather bought in 1871, and Pawleys Island. He went to a two-room school at what is now the corner of Highway 17 and Waverly Road.

His father started making rope hammocks from a pattern learned from his brother-in-law.  The Lachicottes sold them at a store under their house on Pawleys Island.

Little Doc and his two sisters, Elizabeth and Alberta, made them, too.

Lachicotte recalled in a 2019 interview that he earned $1 a day, which was spending money when he was in school at Winyah High before heading to Clemson College at age 16.

His studies were interrupted when he joined the Army during World War II. He served in the occupation of Japan.

Lachicotte then returned to Clemson, where he was a student manager of the 1948 football team that went undefeated under coach Frank Howard. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in horticulture.

He started out selling real estate with the H.B. Springs Co.

His parents had moved their shop from Pawleys Island to the mainland when the Georgetown bridges were built and the highway was paved in 1938. 

Lachicotte opened a nursery and a garden store next to the Hammock Shop.

He had married the former Martha Louise McDonald in 1957 and together they shifted their business from garden items to gifts.

They took their hammocks to a garden show in New York the next year and got orders from major retailers.

A hammock factory was built, then relocated and the factory converted to shop space.

Lachicotte was inspired by shopping areas he saw while selling hammocks around the country.

“Why can’t we have a plantation village?” he wondered.

He brought buildings from Waverly to the Hammock Shops, including the one-room school that his father had attended.

Lachicotte sold the hammock company in 1983 to Phil Prince, who had been captain of the  1948 Clemson football team.

He had opened his own real estate company at the Hammock Shops in the 1960s. He was part of the group that bought Wachesaw Plantation in the 1980s. He recalled in a 2010 interview that the property was being considered for a mobile home park.

“It’s a mistake not to keep the quality of life we have here,” he said.

The result was the golf course community on the riverfront.

Lachicotte and some partners had bought property at Caledonia Plantation in the 1970s to use as a fish club. In the 1990s, two golf courses were developed at True Blue.

“I think, if anything, I’ve had a feel for the landscape,” Lachicotte said at the 50th anniversary of the Hammock Shops. “Otherwise, it would just be another thing in Myrtle Beach.”

In addition to his business interests, he was active in leadership roles at All Saints, Waccamaw, and The Abbey, serving as senior and junior warden, the vestry and stewardship. He represented the Diocese of South Carolina as a delegate to the national convention several times. He was transformed at a Cursillo weekend in 1979 and devoted himself to spreading the Gospel. 

He was a member of the Winyah Indigo Society, Georgetown Cotillion, Mayor of North Inlet, the Brookgreen Gardens board of trustees, Santee Cooper customer advisory council, Clemson University board of visitors, and served on the boards of the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District, Georgetown Marine Institute, and the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation. 

He was named to the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame. He was S.C. Economic Development Ambassador for Georgetown County in 2007. He was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of public service from Coastal Carolina University in 2009 and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. 

In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his daughters, Cecile L. Spivey (Steve), Virginia L. Aimar (Charles) and Louise Lachicotte; his grandchildren, Daniel Spivey (Caroline), Lauren Spivey, Adam Paquette, Charles Aimar and Margaret Aimar; and his great-granddaughter, Gibson Spivey. 

In addition to his parents, his sisters, Elizabeth L. Middleton and Alberta L. Quattlebaum, died before him. 

The family will greet friends at The Abbey on May 4 from 5 to 7  p.m. 

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. May 5 at All Saints Church, followed by a reception in the ACTS building.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey (; All Saints Church; AMI Kids (; or Brookgreen Gardens ( 

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Eddie Reed, 88, former LCC resident was business executive

April 21, 2022

James Edward Thomas Reed of Myrtle Beach, a former Litchfield Country Club resident, died April 21. He was 88.

Known as Eddie, he was born May 26, 1933, in Jay, Maine, the fourth of six children of Jimmy and Grace Reed and their only son. 

He learned to speak French before English and skipped two grades before graduating from Livermore Falls High School in 1950. He graduated from Norwich University in Vermont, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, Alpha Chapter, and played several sports. 

After graduation in 1954, he joined the Army and served as a first lieutenant. While stationed at Fort Drum in Watertown, N.Y., he met his future wife, Nancy DeCilles. They were married on Sept. 7, 1959.

The couple moved to California, where Mr. Reed built his career as a business executive. He worked at Fairchild, the first business in what would later become the Silicon Valley. He moved to Florida in the 1970s to work for General Electric before moving to Dalton, Ohio, to become vice president of operations for the Allen Group. He then transfered to Connecticut before an early retirement to Pawleys Island.

He was a lifelong Catholic and a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. He traveled the world, became an avid golfer, served on the Petaluma, Calif., Library Board and the Dalton City Council. He coached his boys in baseball, was president of many organizations such as the Petaluma Jaycees, the Keystone Country Club and the VFW.

After Mrs. Reed’s sudden death in 1993, the next four years were tough and lonely until he met Sharron Davis. She brought him back to life and they spent the last 24 years together. They spent almost 20 years in Clearwater, Fla., until Mr. Reed had a stroke and they made the decision to move back to Myrtle Beach where two of his four children lived.

In 2011, his family had another tragedy when his oldest grandchild, Travis, was killed at the age of 23 while serving as a missionary in Kazakhstan.

His last five years in Myrtle Beach were a blessing to all, with many wonderful family get-togethers and memories made.

He is survived by his four children, Danielle Eiler (Eric) of Myrtle Beach, James K. Reed (Robin) of Akron, Ohio, Robert Reed (Maureen) of Wallingford, Conn., and Michelle Smith (James) of Murrells Inlet; his bonus daughter, Terri Smokovich (George) of Ambridge, Pa.; 16 grandchildren, Corbin Eiler (Brandie), Austin Eiler (Renee), Jenna Horner (Adam), Jaclyn Reed (Tyler), James Edward Reed II, Brendan, Connor, Katie and Keera Reed, Heather Price (Jonathan), Brittany Vaughan (Kat), Kyndell and Kasey Smith and Adam and Noah Smokovich; five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Cooper and Carson Eiler and Abigail and Makenna Eiler; a sister, Jeanine Wilkins (Hersey) of Turner, Maine; two sisters-in-law, Rosetta DeCilles of Dexter, N.Y., and Sharon DeCilles Van de Wiele (Leon) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services were held April 24 at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet by Father Edward Fitzgerald. Burial with military honors will be June 4 in the Dalton Cemetery. A party to celebrate his life will be held afterward at the Pines Country Club in Orrville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Travis Eiler Scholarship Fund at Conway National Bank, 3591 Northgate Rd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29588.

Theodore S. Royall Jr., 83, businessman played for Duke

April 19, 2022

Theodore Stuart Royall Jr., 83 of Pawleys Island and Durham, N.C., died April 19. He was 83.

He was born Oct. 8, 1937, in Clinton, N.C., the son of Stuart and Blanch Royall. As a young man, he excelled in many sports and found a deep passion for football at Duke University and in the NFL. He played center for the Blue Devils, graduating with a degree in history in 1960. He was drafted by the L.A. Rams.

Mr. Royall built a career in insurance, real estate and construction over four decades. 

As a founding member of Epworth United Methodist Church, he served faithfully in the church and in the community.

He is survived by his sister, Peggy; his children, Kelly, Jennifer, Kristy and Stuart; his grandchildren, Price, Kathryn, Sarah, Jeremiah, Alex and Sydney; and his great-granddaughter, Millie. His wife, Linda, died before him, as did his  brother, John Alvin.

A memorial service was held April 21 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to AIM Church or Belin United Methodist.

Condolences may be sent at

Sid Hood, 73, restaurant owner helped start Maritime Museum

April 17, 2022

John Sidney Hood III of Georgetown died April 17 at his home. He was 73.

Known as Sid, he was born Jan. 15, 1949, in Gastonia, N.C., the son of Dr. John Sidney Hood Jr. and Nell Sudduth Hood.  He was a founder of the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show and the S.C. Maritime Museum. In addition, he supported the museum’s youth sailing program. He also served on the board of the Georgetown County Airport Commission. 

Mr. Hood was best known by many for the waterfront dining establishment, The River Room.  As an owner of the popular downtown restaurant, he created a warm and inviting space for locals and tourists to enjoy dining on local seafood with family and friends.  

He loved discovering good food, wine and live music.  His favorite travel destinations were New Orleans, Austin, Las Vegas and the Napa Valley. 

He is survived by his wife, Sally Swineford Hood; his sister, Betsy Cowan (Mark) of Myrtle Beach; his brother, Taylor Harrison Hood (Anne) of Lexington, N.C.; two nephews, Harrison Hood (Morgan) and David Cowan; a niece, Anna Hood; and his great-niece and nephew, Parker and Kate Hood.

Memorials may be made to the S.C. Maritime Museum Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 2228, Georgetown, SC 29442 (

Joyce Goode, 92, managed women’s clothing stores

April 11, 2022

Dorothy Joyce Goode of Litchfield Country Club died April 11 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 92. 

She was born Oct. 5, 1929, in Media, Pa., a daughter of Robert E. Bullock and Dorothy Mink Bullock.  Known as Joyce, she spent her summers in Wildwood Crest, N.J., where her parents owned and operated the Hotel Belmar founded by her grandfather, George Mink, in 1936.  Joyce married Edward G. Goode in Philadelphia. They eventually moved to Wyckoff, N.J., in 1955.  

Mrs. Goode managed seven women’s clothing stores in North Jersey, New York and Connecticut.  Mr. Goode worked for 35 years for First National City Bank on Park Avenue in New York. They retired and moved to Litchfield Country Club in 1985.

Mrs. Goode attended Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church and participated in the ladies knitting group.

She is survived by her two sons, Keith A. Goode of Myrtle Beach and Edward G. Goode Jr. of Murrells Inlet.

Arrangements will be announced by the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer-Ethridge Funeral Home.

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Richard G. Howard, 85, never got around to retiring

April 7, 2022

Richard Grandison Howard of Pawleys Island died April 7 at his home. He was 85.

He was born Nov. 21, 1936, in Darlington, the son of William Thomas and Juanita Graham Howard, and the brother of the late William Thomas Howard Jr. He graduated from St. Johns High School, then earned his degree from The Citadel, Company L, in 1958.

His professional career was long and varied, ranging from the stockyard to stock brokerage, then to real estate, timberland and land management. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he never got around to retiring. 

Mr. Howard served on numerous boards and committees, including Brookgreen Gardens and St. James Brick Church. An avid outdoorsman, he was fond of the forests and waters all over South Carolina, especially Witherspoon Island, a family property in Darlington County, and a place he frequented since his early childhood.

He will be remembered for his appreciation of good food, good stories and lasting friendships, including those in McClellanville, his home away from home.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Kathleen Green “Snoots” Howard; two daughters, Kathleen Howard Dowis (Chip) of Charleston and Helen Elizabeth Howard of Sullivan’s Island; one son, Richard Grandison Howard Jr. (Martha) of Raleigh, N.C.; three grandchildren, George Dowis, Grandison Howard and Addie Howard, who referred to him as “Buddy”; and his friend Fitz Lee Howard, an energetic, black Labrador retriever.

A memorial service was held April 11 at the old All Saints Church.

Memorials may be made to St. James Brick Church, P.O. Box 123, McClellanville, SC 29458, or the Howard Family Scholarship at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29406.

Mary Ann Teetor, 93, was active in community affairs

April 3, 2022

Mary Ann Compton Teetor, who was active in the civic and political life of her former home in Fort Wayne, Ind., died April 3 at her home in Pawleys Island. She was 93.

She was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Indianapolis, the daughter of  Clara Ruth (Meid) and Charles William Compton. The family lived at varying times in Indianapolis and Carmel, Ind., where Mary Ann attended public schools. 

With her older brothers in the Army during World War II and her mother working full-time, Mary Ann took over the housekeeping and cooking duties while in high school. However, she refused to let that interfere with her social life. She claimed to know each of her more than 400 classmates at Shortridge High School personally. She graduated in 1946, then earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Indiana University Bloomington in 1950. 

During her college years, she met her future husband, Tom. They were married June 24, 1950, and lived in Cincinnati before settling in Fort Wayne. She joined the Junior League and helped organize and perform with their puppetry group. They achieved prominence for the productions they created for elementary schools, representing the Junior League at the national convention of puppeteers.

During her youth, she was a member of the Methodist Church, but a few years after moving to Fort Wayne, Mrs. Teetor joined and was an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church. She was also a member of Psi Iota Xi service sorority and worked at the Christmas Bureau for years. Although  she preferred to be just one of the workers, she was elected president of the Women’s Committee for the Philharmonic (now the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Foundation). 

She dragged her husband into politics and public service, serving as his vice committeeman (and doing 90 percent of the work) of the Allen County Republican Party for 25 years. She served as co-chairman of a congressional campaign and declined an offer to be county vice chair.

She was active in PTA and a serious taskmistress to her four daughters when it came to both schoolwork and learning how to do more than boil water.

Mrs. Teetor was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Duodecimo research club, The Saturday Club (that met on Monday), Child Study (an arcane group of wives who deigned to disclose the real subject material) and two bridge clubs. She loved bridge and played until the games were stopped in 2020 by the pandemic. Her sense of humor was legend. One of her husband’s co-workers called her “the funniest lady in town.”

Mrs. Teetor faced challenges with courage and humor. When her husband got his pilot’s license to fly his own plane on business, she took a course to learn how to land if the pilot become incapacitated. Hoping to wean him from flying, she suggested they take a course and charter a boat on vacation. “I can swim; I can’t fly,” she said. They got a boat, too. Asked if she enjoyed the plane trips, she said, “I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had known I would live through it.”

The Teetors moved to Fort Myers, Fla., for a few years before they moved to Pawleys Island, where their youngest daughter and her husband lived. They moved into the Lakes at Litchfield in 2011. 

Mrs. Teetor was one of God’s best people, her family said.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas S. Teetor; her daughters, Elizabeth T. Sherman, Barbara T. Waite (Erin), Catherine T. Miles (Mark) and Ruth T. Filchak (Tom); nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Her brothers, Charles W. Compton and David Meid Compton, and her sisters-in-law, Kathryn C. Compton and Constance T. Rodie, died before her.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. 

Services will be announced. Interment will be in Indiana.

Jimmy Motley, 90, ‘the best electrician around’

April 3, 2022

James Edwin Motley of Murrells Inlet  died Sunday at home surrounded by his family.  He was 90.

Known as Jimmy, he was one of eight children of Wade and Ellen Motley of Columbia. He served in the Army as a heavy equipment mechanic during the Korean War.

His father taught him the electrical business, and he was a master electrician in Columbia when he met and married his late wife, Barbara, becoming the father of her two young children. 

They moved to Murrells Inlet in 1973. Jimmy started his electrical business, and Barbara opened The Sandwich Castle in Garden City.

Mr. Motley did sewer treatment work for Grand Strand Water and Sewer and was widely known as the best electrician around. He was always on call to help someone in need.

An active member and director of the Omar Vettes Shriner Unit, he could often be seen driving a miniature Corvette in holiday parades throughout the Lowcountry. He was especially proud of his fundraising work for Shriners’ Hospitals across the U.S. and, on several occasions, visited the hospitals in Greenville and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Mr. Motley was known for his easygoing personality, his generosity, and his ready smile. He loved to laugh and tell his friends a story, a joke, or a “southern saying” and there were many in his repertoire. He and Barbara were both hard-working, but they loved to socialize with friends, dance and travel. His favorite times were those shared with his family.

He is survived by his brothers, Fred and Mason Motley of Columbia; his daughter, Pamela Talbert (Rhett), and his son, Jimmy Motley Jr. (Charlene), of Murrells Inlet; his grandchildren, Christiane Mills, Kira Shipley (Bill), Jason Motley and Jacob Motley (Brianne), Chet Floyd and Caroline Floyd, Callie and Katie Talbert, and Ansel Talbert (Englund) and Andrew Talbert (Bethany); and his great-grandchildren, Addie, Afton, Angus, Aran, Arana, Casper, Clover, Forrest, Hadley, James, Jessa, Kingsley, Langston, Riley, and Saiorse.

The family will receive visitors at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church  at 10 a.m. Saturday with a memorial service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. 

Memorials may be made to to the Greenville  Shriners’ Children’s Hospital at

Aaron H. Efird, 68, left charter business for family textile firm

April 3, 2022

Aaron Hardwick Efird of DeBordieu, who ran a charter boat business before becoming a manager of his family’s textile company, died Sunday. He was 68.

He was born Jan. 12, 1954, in Charlotte, the son of Catharine “Kitty” Hardwick Efird Johnston and Hugh Martin Efird. Aaron described himself as being a “terror” of the Myers Park neighborhood, throwing water balloons at cars on Providence Road from tree houses. 

He attended Charlotte Country Day School and the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. He was captain of the wrestling team and was defeated only once during his high school career. He also played football, and rumor had it he once tackled an opponent so hard that he split the football. 

He received a wrestling scholarship to the College of William & Mary, but declined the offer rather than shave his highly coveted beard. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and a minor in art history from William & Mary, then moved to Polkton, N.C., to work for his father at Polkton Manufacturing Co., a textile firm.

Since 1962, he had spent all of his summers at Litchfield Beach, and in 1978 Mr. Efird moved there to realize his dream. He  started a scuba diving and fishing charter business called Waterproof Charters / Submariner Inc. with his best friend, Alex Salley. He channeled his love of wrestling and football into diving, deep-sea fishing, swimming and surfing. 

It was there he met his future wife,  Lenora Ann “Len” Carson. They were married on Sept. 8, 1979, at the Church of the Nativity in Union. 

In 1987, the family business needed Mr. Efird at the helm. He returned to Charlotte and eventually became vice president of sales at Polkton Manufacturing. At one time, he managed three cutting and sewing plants from North Carolina to Oklahoma, supplying the Navy’s work wear uniforms worldwide. He cared deeply for the hundreds of people who worked with him to make Polkton Manufacturing a success. 

He retired after a 32-year career at Polkton Manufacturing and settled in DeBordieu.

Mr. Efird was remembered as a passionate man, full of life and appreciation for nature and the ocean. He was so happy to continue deep sea fishing and boating on a daily basis into retirement. He did many good deeds for others and wanted no recognition for them. He loved his family above all else and worked hard to provide a wonderful life for them as a hands-on dad.

In addition to his wife of 42 years, he is survived by his daughters, Catharine Carson Efird (Joseph Ross Westerlund) of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Bonnie Elizabeth Efird (Jonathan James Cooke) of Santa Monica, Calif.; his sister, Ellen Efird Gould of Spartanburg; his brother, Hugh Martin Efird Jr. of Aiken; his nieces, Katie Gould Butler, Lauren Gould Ward (Bestor), Elizabeth Gould and Carrie Gould; his brothers-in-law, Trey Carson (Anita Carson) of Alexandria, Va., Ty Carson (Nancy Carson) of Lewisville, N.C., and Kit Shelton (Chad Shelton) of West Columbia; his nephews, Forthe Carson (Megan), Ryne Carson, Chase Shelton; and his nieces, Caroline Shelton and Lindy Goodnow (Will). 

A memorial service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Prince George Winyah Church with a reception to follow in the parish hall. 

Memorials may be made to Prince George Winyah Church, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Surfrider Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Condolences may be sent at

Donna L. Schroer, 94, worked 30 years in real estate

April 1, 2022

Donna Louise Schroer of Pawleys Island died April 1 in Murrells Inlet. She was 94.

She was born Donna Louise Evans on April 21, 1927, in Butte, Mont., where she grew up and attended Girls Central Catholic High School, Class of 1946. Her parents were from hard-rock mining families – her father a Welsh Protestant and her mother a devout Irish Catholic.

She married Charles Allo Schroer on Sept. 3, 1949, and followed his career path across seven states while raising seven children. Mrs. Schroer then started her own successful career selling real estate for Pawleys Island Realty and retired after 30 years at the age of 85. Like her father, Reuben, she enjoyed a good party, and like her mother, Margaret, she was devoted to her faith.

Mrs. Schroer was a founding member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She served as a eucharistic minister and worked with Birthright in Georgetown.  She loved her faith, family and friends.

She is survived by her five sons, Mark (Betsy), Mike (Patricia), Joe, John (Sonya) and Jim (Helen), and two daughters, Lee Ann and Jean (Winfred); seven grandchildren and six-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, her brother, Larry, died before her.

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mayer -Ethridge Funeral Home. 

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

Memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

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Hubert L. Shuler Jr., 99, bomber pilot in World War II

March 29, 2022

Hubert Lamar Shuler Jr. died March 29 at Veteran Village in Florence. He was 99.

Mr. Shuler was the son of Hubert Lamar Shuler Sr. and Eloise Hipp Shuler of Orangeburg. As a young man, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout prior to graduating from Orangeburg High School. He attended Clemson College before enlisting in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed in the Pacific during World War II as a B-29 bomber pilot. 

After the war, he returned to Orangeburg and managed the family’s feed and seed store, Shuler & Smoak, before pursuing a career in real estate. 

Mr. Shuler married the late Sara Ione Tillotson of Hartsville  in 1953. They spent 56 wonderful years together, raising their family, vacationing at the beach and traveling the world.

Mr. Shuler was a charter member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church and a member of the Rotary Club of Orangeburg. A lover of wildlife and the outdoors, he enjoyed spending his time deep sea fishing, sailing, golfing, bird watching, and gardening. 

Pa to his grandchildren, Mr. Shuler spent his golden years at his beach house at DeBordieu. He cherished the memories made with family and friends, especially around the dinner table in the house he was instrumental in building and that he lovingly maintained over the years.

He is survived by his two sons, Hubert L. “Bert” Shuler III (Julianne) of Orangeburg and Edwin Tillotson “Eddie” Shuler of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Hubert L. Shuler IV (Elizabeth), Elizabeth Shuler Wood (Aaron), Andrew Dean Shuler (Natalie), William Douglas Clary, Hampton Shuler Clary and Caroline Clary Menges (Caleb); and two great-grandchildren.

His daughter, Lynn Shuler Clary, died before him.

His family thanked the staff of Prince George Healthcare Center in Georgetown and Veteran Village for their kindness and care.

A graveside service was held April 1 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Orangeburg.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1980 Columbia Rd., Orangeburg, S.C. 29115 or Veteran Village State Veterans Home, 1200 E. National Cemetery Rd., Florence, SC 29506.

Condolences may be sent at

Judith G. Cain, 78, artist worked in furniture industry

March 27, 2022

Judith Gail Dowdy Cain  of Heritage Plantation died March 27 in Kernersville, N.C., where she was visiting family. She was 78.

She was born May 4, 1943, in Guilford County, N.C., the daughter of Lindo C. Dowdy and Vila Catherine Spivey Dowdy. 

She graduated from Ragsdale High School and attended High Point University and Ringling College of Art and Design.  She was a talented artist and designer.  Her talent was utilized professionally in the furniture industry for many years, but what brought her the most joy was the paintings and drawings she gave to her family and friends. 

Mrs. Cain was the life of the party and loved her family and friends. 

She was eager to invest in others with her words and deeds.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Charles Cain; her son, Brian Kluttz of Pawleys Island; her daughters, Ande Lowe of Concord, N.C., and Erin Ritchie (Mike) of Kernersville; and her grandchildren, Maddie Lowe, Matthew Ritchie, Jackson Lowe and Laura Ritchie. She was blessed with more family when she married:  Ravelle and Rob Whitener, Kelly and Janice Cain, Robert and Serena Whitener, Adam and Carly Whitener, Tyler and Elizabeth Cain and Caroline and Palmer Rafferty and three great-grandchildren. 

Her brother, Charles Dowdy, died before her.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 1:45 p.m. at Covenant Church United Methodist in High Point, N.C. The family will receive guests at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to the Smith Mountain Arts Council, P.O. Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121.

Condolences may be sent at

David W. Rudolph, 82, lover of antique clocks

March 22, 2022

David W. Rudolph of Hagley Estates died March 22 at his home. He was 82.

He was born March 12, 1940, in West Chester, Pa. He served in the Air Force as an aircraft engine specialist.

Mr. Rudolph owned several auto repair shops in West Chester and worked at dealerships as a warrant administrator. 

A neighbor in Pennsylvania introduced him to clock repairs. After retiring to Pawleys Island, he started Rudolph’s  Antique Clocks, both repairing and collecting them.

He is survived by his wife, Gerri; his son, Randy, of Pawleys Island; and several nieces and nephews.

His brother, Howard Rudolph, died before him.

Services will be private.

Celie Travis, 74, active in All Saints Church

March 21, 2022

Cecelia Burns Travis of DeBordieu died March 21 at her home with her children by her side. She was 74.

Known as Celie, she was born March 15, 1945 and Celie grew up in Copperhill, Tenn.  In high school, she had the wonderful opportunity to live with her older sister and her family in Nashville, and attend Harpeth Hall.  

Abounding in courage and adventure, Celie later opted to spend her senior year of high school at a new school in New Jersey, in order to be with her mother and father before heading off to college. She loved her four years at Mary Baldwin College and made many lifelong friends.  She then moved to Atlanta, where she and her Mary Baldwin friends enjoyed living in Colonial Homes. 

In 1969, Celie married Mike Travis, and together they raised two children. Due to his career, the family moved often, but Mrs. Travis worked hard to establish a loving home and acclimate the kids into their new environment.  The family settled in Atlanta for two decades.  There, Mrs. Travis delighted in the kids’ activities, walked with neighborhood friends, enjoyed Friday night family dinners at U.S. Bar & Grill, and spent time with family on the lake.  She later served as a teacher at Brown Elementary School while raising two teenagers. 

In 1998, the couple moved to DeBordieu. Mrs. Travis served on the board of Good Friends, worked with Ruby’s Kids and participated in the Garden Club.  She was a very active member of All Saints Church, where she  served as a Bible study leader and served for more than a decade as a member of the Altar Guild.  She also brought communion to church members’ homes when they were unwell and could not attend church.   

Mrs. Travis enjoyed long lunches, book clubs, exercise classes  and wine gatherings with her friends.  She worked hard to make each holiday and family gathering special for her grandchildren, hosting “Gran Camps” with the week’s agenda especially suited to each grandchild. 

She faced her illness in typical “Celie fashion,” with courage, strength and a concern for others.

She is survived by her children, Hallie (Kipp) and Britt; her four grandchildren,  Caroline and Harrison Banker of Charlotte, and Rankin and Burns Travis of Charleston; her sister, Betty Davies (Ed); her nephews and their families in Tennessee; and her best friend of 50 years, Natalie Moore.

A memorial service will be scheduled at All Saints Church.   

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

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Judy O’Donovan, 63, treasurer for All4Paws

March 20, 2022

Judith Ray O’Donovan of Heritage Plantation died March 20 with her mother and three sisters at her bedside after waging a valiant battle with COVID and pre-existing lung conditions. She was 63.

Known as Judy, she was born June 11, 1958, in Painesville, Ohio, the daughter of Raymond O’Donovan and Louise Tingle O’Donovan. The second oldest of five siblings, she was feisty with dark curly hair and blue eyes. In grade school, she played sports and sang in the chorus. Judy was fiercely independent and loved animals “perhaps more than people,” one work associate said.

Professionally, Ms. O’Donovan worked in a business and accounting capacity. For at least two decades, she was employed by Tom Adamson Plumbing Contractors of Chicago,  overseeing accounts, union agreements, as well as coordinating a network of plumbers to major construction sites in the city.

She remodeled her Countryside, Ill., home herself, with the help of her husband Bruce Kulpit. In 2016, they retired to Pawleys Island.

Ms. O’Donovan made dozens of friends. Neighbors enjoyed seeing her walk her two dogs, Maggie and Zoe. Her love of animals continued with her volunteer work at the All4Paws Animal Rescue, where she served as treasurer.

A longtime vegetarian, she was environmentally conscious, having purchased one of the first Toyota Priuses to roll off the assembly line. She loved her backyard birds and squirrels and tending to her garden. 

Her musical tastes were wide-ranging, and she enjoyed going to concerts, including the Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago. 

Once she accompanied her nephew Collin to a Nine Inch Nails concert.

She loved to golf with her husband until her physical limitations, brought on by rheumatoid arthritis, prevented her from being as active.

In addition to her husband and her mother,  of Plainfield, Ill., she is survived by her sisters, Cheryl O’Donovan Urbanik of Schaumburg, Ill., Lisa O’Donovan of Naperville, Ill., and Susan O’Donovan of Plainfield; her niece, Samantha; her nephews, Collin, Andrew, Matthew, Ryan, Justin and Daniel; and her half-sister, Raylene Foster of Rockford, Mich.

In addition to her father,  her brother, Raymond O’Donovan Jr., died before her.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date, likely at the Heritage Plantation clubhouse. Contact her mother at 630-816-9866 for details.

Condolences can be sent at

Jean A. Hamilton, 92, co-owner of car dealership

March 14, 2022

Jean A. Hamilton, 92, of Huntington, W.Va, and Chesapeake, Ohio, died March 14. She was 92.

She was born Sept. 12, 1929, in Butler Pa., the daughter of Robert J. Atkinson and Alberta Kepler Atkinson. She graduated from Bethany College and earned a master’s degree in psychology from Marshall University.

She was married to the late James L. Hamilton. They owned Hamilton Chevrolet.

Mrs. Hamilton was active in her community. She served as past president of the Junior League of Huntington, past president of the Junior League Garden Club, board member of the Huntington Symphony and the United Way as well as a member of the Ivy Dance Club. 

The Hamiltons loved to travel and especially liked sailing in the Caribbean and on the Ohio River. They were avid Marshall fans, and their tailgate parties were widely enjoyed. Mrs. Hamilton also entertained with Kentucky Derby parties and Christmas dinners. She and her “Wine Ladies” were well known around the town. 

Jean was devoted to her church, Trinity Episcopal, and served on the altar board. 

She is survived by her daughter Sarah Marshall Zimmerman (Steve) of Pawleys Island; her sons, Bobby Marshall (Sandy) of Huntington and Eddie Marshall (Renee) of Proctorville, Ohio: six grandchildren, Katie Mills (William), Allie Marshall, Emma Marshall, Ginny Marshall, Kristin Marshall and Will Marshall; two great-grandchildren, Marshall Mills and Vivian Mills; and her niece, Carol Kirkland (Don) of Philadelphia. 

In addition to her husband, her sister, Helen, died before her.

Services were  held March 19 at Trinity Episcopal Church by the Rev. James H. Morgan. Memorials may be made to the church, 520 Eleventh St., Huntington, WV 25701. 

Condolences may be sent at

James G. Barnett, 61, contractor who ‘lived on vacation’

March 12, 2022

James G. Barnett died March 12 after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was 61.

He was born May 27, 1960, in Philadelphia, the son of Donald and Nancy Barnett. He attended Jenkintown High School, Bloomsburg University and Temple University.

Mr. Barnett married  his Mary Jane on June 1, 1991, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. His love for golf, and the couple’s mutual love for the shore, led them to Myrtle Beach. Soon the family settled down in North Litchfield. 

He liked to say the Barnett family lived on vacation. Sunday afternoons from May to August, you could count on finding him at the beach, good book in one hand and cold beer in the other, surrounded by his girls.

Mr. Barnett was a contractor by trade. He and his wife founded Barnett Services, and he built a reputation as a skilled worker and a good man. He took pride in the work that he did and brought enthusiasm and creativity to his projects. He was trusted, respected and loved by his clients and all who he had working relationships with. He loved them, too.

To his three daughters, he was their hero, best friend, confidante, teacher, shoulder to cry on and biggest fan. He was there with the biggest smile and loudest cheer at soccer games, chorus concerts, track and cross country meets, school plays, graduations, swearing-in and white coat ceremonies. He was also present for the rejections, losses, and lows. He made them smile every single day, his family said.

The Barnetts celebrated their 30th anniversary last June with a trip to a Philadelphia Eagles game. They themselves were a dream team, as parents, business owners and a couple.  

 Mr. Barnett was remembered as gentle and kind. He was, known for his one-liners and expressive eyebrows. He was a great storyteller who was strong in every sense. 

He was a member of the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church Catholic Church, where he served as a lector, usher, sacristan and member of the Knights of Columbus. He was never an official member of the choir, but was nonetheless often the loudest singer from the pews. 

He loved golf, warm weather, the Philadelphia Eagles, ice cream, sitting in his spot in the corner of the couch watching TV, shooting hoops, and taking the   family dog, Audrey, to the beach.

Mr. Barnett faced an advanced cancer diagnosis with bravery and strength. He fought hard until the very end. He spent his final days, hours and moments surrounded by those he loved most.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Caroline (Jonathan), Grace (Lucas) and Jamie; his brothers, Leon and Bill (Jenny); his sisters, Ann Marie, Grace (Dan), Donna  and Mary Agnes (Nicholas); his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Herb, John, Helen (John), Sheila; and his nieces and nephews, Megan, Anna, Sophia, Luke, Ellie, Kelly, Molly, Olivia, Louis, Mathis, Michael, Christopher, Stephen, Mark, Colin, Caitlyn, Tracey and Kelly. 

In addition to his parents, two brothers, Ted and John, and a nephew, Reilly, died before him. 

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. today at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church with a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be held at the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen.

There is a guest book at

Charlotte H. Johanson, 89, an avid reader who taught others

March 10, 2022

Charlotte H. Johanson of Murrells Inlet died Feb. 28 surrounded by her family. She was 89.

She was born June 4, 1932, in Melrose, Mass., the daughter of  Charles G. and Mabel G. Foster  Lindberg. 

In June 1953, she married Arnold Erhard Johanson. They were married for 59 years until his death in 2012. They lived in Melrose for 39 years and raised a family of five children. 

During those years, they spent many summers at their camp, Any Isle, in Canterbury, N.H. In 1994, they retired and moved to Myrtle Beach. 

Mrs. Johanson was an avid reader who volunteered for the Horry County Literacy Council and found great joy in teaching reading skills to others. She was a talented painter, and she also enjoyed knitting, doing puzzles and playing bridge. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach for many years. Later, she became a member of Christ Church in Murrells Inlet.

Her family said her greatest happiness came from watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow. 

She is survived by her children, Lisa Paul (Leo) of Hingham, Mass., Stephen Johanson (Donna) of Melrose, John Johanson (Barbara) of Wakefield, Mass., Neil Johanson (Marybeth) of Murrells Inlet and Ingrid Jablonski (Kevin) of Reading, Mass.; her sister-in-law, Alice Johanson of Stoneham, Mass.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 310 Prince Creek Parkway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

Condolences may be sent at

Erik L. Hollenbaugh, 40, mental health worker

March 10, 2022

Erik Lee Hollenbaugh of Denver died Nov. 24. He was 40.

He was born Oct. 20, 1981, in Georgetown, the son of  Ronnie and Delores Hollenbaugh. 

He graduated from Georgetown High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina. He received a graduate degree in drug and addiction studies at USC before earning a master’s degree in criminal justice at the University of Colorado.

He worked as a mental health professional and social worker for MRO and received awards from the Army Medical Department and Activity Army Substance Abuse programs.

Mr. Hollenbaugh was remembered as a kind, compassionate and caring soul who touched many people’s lives both professionally and personally.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Kyle L. Hollenbaugh (Austin) and Ian B. Hollenbaugh; uncles and aunts, Danny and Kim Eaddy, Albert and Nudang Eaddy, Willonette Steed, and Randy and Myra Hollenbaugh; and many cousins and friends. 

His grandparents, Capers W. and Mary L. Eaddy and Blair and Edith Hollenbaugh, and his godmother, Ann Hanna, died before him.

A memorial service will be held  March 19 at 2 p.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel.

Memorials may be made  to the Tidelands Health Foundation at

There is a guestbook at

Daniel L. Webb, 69, retired university police officer

March 10, 2022

Daniel Lee Webb of Hagley Estates died March 1 at the Lakes at Litchfield. He was 69.

He was born July 25, 1952, in Chicago. He spent the first years of his life in Chittenango, N.Y., but his father’s job moved him to the West Indies where he spent two years. 

He and his family moved back to Chittenango, where he quickly was given the nickname of Chico because nobody could figure out where he was from.  Chico quickly became a term of endearment and the nickname stuck with him for the rest of his life.

Dan graduated from Norwich University and joined the Army.  He was commissioned a lieutenant in the infantry and after officer basic course was off to Korea where he served 15 months.  

He moved to Fort Bragg where he decided to serve in the Special Forces and performed many different jobs.  His dedication and commitment guided him to success.  He completed his Army service after 12 years with  the rank of major. 

Mr. Webb moved back to Chittenango, where he served as a safety patrol officer at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  

Again, his dedication and commitment propelled him to the rank of lieutenant. He served 22 years with the university police.

Mr. Webb retired and moved his family to Pawleys Island.  He stayed engaged in the community and church.  

He liked staying in touch with his military roots and joined the local American Legion.  

As part of the legion, he volunteered his time at nearby nursing and assisted living homes.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Webb; his son, John Webb of Greenville; his other children, Patrick Taylor (Terry) of Germany, Michael Taylor of Traverse City, Mich., Alexander Taylor (Andrea) of Southern Pines, N.C., and Yvonne Taylor (Paul Heisey) of Simpsonville; eight grandchildren, Clark Taylor, Rose Taylor, Carly Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Benjamin Taylor, Cooper Taylor, Camden Taylor and Reagan Heisey; a great-granddaughter, Isla Rickman; and his sister, Jacalyn Healy of Syracuse, N.Y.

A graveside service was held Saturday in the Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. 

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

Condolences may be send at

William T. Jackson, 75, ‘peddler’ who sold textile equipment

March 9, 2022

William Thomas Jackson of Litchfield Country Club died March 9. He was 75.

Born Aug. 21, 1946, he was a long-time resident of York County. He  graduated from York High School, where he was an accomplished athlete in football and track. It was in high school that he met Pam Mabry, whom he wooed and later married.

Bill graduated from Clemson University with a degree in textile engineering.  He was a member of Phi Kappa Delta (now Kappa Alpha) fraternity. After he and Pam married, he honored his advanced ROTC commitment and served as a second lieutenant in Vietnam leading a mortar platoon. He recently said he told his men he had two primary objectives: to get himself and all of them back home safely.  He accomplished this goal.

Mr. Jackson returned to York and began his career as what he called a “peddler.” He sold textile machinery parts and he and Pam would later own Improved Services Inc. in Clover.

Together they fulfilled Pam’s dream of breeding, raising, showing and selling Friesian horses by establishing Shady Nook Farm on land that once belonged to his grandfather and uncle. The house they moved in to and remodeled was the first house his grandparents owned. This business was a success with the horses winning many ribbons and grand championships until Pam’s untimely death in 2008.  

Mr. Jackson carried on the business for several more years until deciding to close it, sell the property and relocate to the Pawleys Island area.

Once established at the beach, he became known as Jackson.  He had enjoyed boating since his youth and spent many hours on Lake Wylie and later exploring the Waccamaw and Black rivers.  At the beach, he made many friends and enjoyed socializing at Moe’s where his friends gathered to celebrate his 75th birthday.

Mr. Jackson said he had no filters. He did not suffer fools but was faithful, loved and enjoyed his friends. He had a strong faith and truly loved the Lord.

He is survived by his son, William Neil Jackson; two grandchildren, Ladd and Carleigh Jackson; his sister Jane Jackson Finch (Jim); his mother-in-law, Phyllis Mabry; and in-laws Brent Mabry and Laura Mabry Kiser and their families.

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

John W. O’Neal, 83, West Point grad taught at academy

March 7, 2022

John William O’Neal of Pawleys Plantation, a West Point graduate who returned to the military academy to teach during a 20-year Army career, died March 7 at the hospital in Mount Pleasant. He was 83.

He was born Oct. 5, 1938, in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of Gordon R. and Hazel Williams O’Neal.  He grew up at the foot of Lookout Mountain. He graduated from Chattanooga’s City High School, where he was crowned May King and was named Best All-Around Boy by the Class of 1956.  John was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated with a degree in engineering in 1962.  He earned a master’s degree in English in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania.

As an Army Airborne Ranger, Mr. O’Neal served tours in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and two tours in Vietnam, where he was awarded two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Air Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

After Vietnam and tours at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Dix, N.J., Mr. O’Neal returned to West Point to serve as an instructor and assistant professor of English from 1971 to 1974.  He was then assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to attend the Army Command and General Staff College, graduating in 1975.  This was followed by tours to the Republic of Korea, where he served in the demilitarized zone, and the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.  

Mr. O’Neal finished his 20-year Army career with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1982 to pursue a successful career in the private sector.

Mr. O’Neal had many loves including movies and music from all decades.  He was particularly fond of KC & the Sunshine Band, ABBA, Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”, all the James Bond film scores and many other musical genres.   Following a demanding day at the office, he could often be found relaxing with a good cigar or his favorite pipe while sipping a Beefeater Gibson.  He and his  wife enjoyed entertaining and cooking as members of a gourmet dinner club while residing in Centreville, Va.  

Mr. O’Neal was an accomplished writer and a gifted storyteller.  His greatest joys were spending time with his family, friends, retired military classmates, commanding the grill and cooking his steaks to medium-rare perfection while reminiscing of a life well lived.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Terry Shackleford O’Neal; his children, John W. O’Neal II (Lisa) of Peoria, Ariz., Rebecca A. O’Neal of Ringgold, Ga., Gordon V. “Van” O’Neal (Madeline) of Bristow, Va., and Matthew A. O’Neal of Charles Town, W.Va.; his stepchildren, Tracy C. Summer (Michael) of Georgetown, Christopher D. Conner  (Kaley) of Boone, N.C., and Heather C. Cole (Carper) of Pawleys Island; his grandchildren, Gracie and Garrett O’Neal, Jack and Ben O’Neal, Conner (Mary Kathryn) and Caroline Summer, Kendall C. (Mat) Moretz; Reed, Barrett and Tucker Conner, David C. “Buck” Cole, and Justin King and Bailey Rogers; his great-grandchildren, Madyson and Noble Moretz; his siblings, Michael O’Neal (Miriam) and Susie O’Neal Strohmeyer; his nieces, Anne O’Neal Jaeger and Tracy Land-Belknap; and his nephews, Tim and Eric Crooks and Jay C. Land.

His in-laws, Leota Meyers and Tom Shackleford, and nephew, Michael Creighton O’Neal, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Burroughs Funeral Home.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  Tunnel to Towers Foundation (

Condolences may be sent at

Kareen R. Stelow, 83, worked in medical field

March 3, 2022

Kareen Rae Stelow of the River Club died Feb. 20. She was 83. The cause was an unexpected, ruptured blood vessel in her brain.

She was born April 20, 1938, the daughter of Irene and Reiny Hoerning. She grew up in Appleton, Wisc. She went back to school after her family was started and earned a degree in nursing. She was employed in many different medical capacities.

She and her husband of 64 years, Bruce, lived in Wisconsin before moving to the Pawleys Island area 17 years ago.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children, Dean (Rebecca) Stelow, David (Cindy) Stelow and daughter Rae Ariel (Judy); her sister-in-law, Joan Hoerning;  eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Her brother, Bud Hoerning, died before her.

One of her closest and dearest friends was Pastor Martin Ruge who helped her develop a very strong faith in the Lord. She died knowing that the victory was hers because as Jesus was resurrected, she will be also, her family said.

There will be no funeral. Her ashes will be buried by the Stelow headstone at Oak Hill cemetery in Neenah, Wisc.

Richard Averette, 81, owned plastics company

March 3, 2022

Samuel Richard Averette of Wachesaw Plantation, former owner of a plastics company, died Feb. 26 at his home. He was 81.

Known as Richard, he was born March 15, 1940, in Granville County, N.C., the son of Fred Currin Averette and Rosa Dickerson Averette. He met his wife Linda at Louisburg College where he played baseball and basketball. He later graduated from North Carolina State University in 1967. 

Mr. Averette was a pioneer in the plastics industry and the process of injection molding. He spent five years at Burlington Industries, then Styrex Industries of High Point, N.C., where he helped grow the company. In 1985, he bought Precision Southeast Inc., and he and his wife headed to the coast. He served as owner and president of the company until retiring in 2011. He was remembered by colleagues and employees as a generous leader who was eager to share his time and talents, and always wanted to see others succeed. 

During his career, he served twice as chairman of the Virginia/Carolina section of Society of Plastics Engineers, helping to raise more than $300,000 for scholarships. For a decade, he chaired the eastern division of Society of Plastics Industries, during which time he helped the organization install an interactive plastics exhibit at Disney World’s Epcot. He also helped raise funds for scientific kits to aid STEM teachers in Horry County schools.

In the early 1990s, Mr. and Mrs. Averette began traveling with the ABCD (American British Canadian Dutch) golf group, where they met some of their dearest friends traveling through Europe and playing golf. 

Mr. Averette had a love for the game and played often at Wachesaw Plantation Club, where he served on the board and was past POA president. He believed that you could tell the essence of a person by playing a round of golf with them. 

He enjoyed many years at their mountain home, visiting and golfing at Olde Beau Golf Club in Roaring Gap, N.C., and at their cottage in Holden Beach, N.C. 

In addition to his wife, Linda Sessions Averette, he is survived by his children, Karen Averette Noble (Jim) of Charlotte and Samuel Richard Averette Jr. (Jennifer) of Murrells Inlet; his  grandchildren, Margaux Noble Mustian (Will) of Birmingham, Ala., Olivia Noble and James Noble, and Sam, Bo and Wade Averette; and his great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Amelia Mustian

His brothers, George and Gilbert Averette, died before him.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All 4 Paws Animal Rescue, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 ( 

Condolences may be sent at    

Keith Martin, 75, broadcaster led homeland security in Pennsylvania

March 3, 2022

Keith Martin, a TV news anchor who served as Pennsylvania’s first director of homeland security, died Feb. 13 in Charleston following a heart attack suffered at his home in Litchfield Country Club. He was 75.

He was born George Keith Martin Jr. in Scranton, Pa., the son of Jeanne Madden Martin, an actress and singer,  and George Keith Martin, a  museum director and artist. He graduated from Lafayette College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. 

He served in the Army as the leader of a heavy mortar platoon in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1969-70. He continued to serve in the Army Reserve and Pennsylvania National Guard for 34 years, retiring as a colonel and receiving a promotion to brigadier general.

Mr. Martin became the news anchor of WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 1977 and was a fixture on television news in Northeastern Pennsylvania for over 30 years. He also worked as anchor at WDAU-TV and WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa. During the course of his career he interviewed presidents and politicians, and covered historic events around the world in Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Panama and Vietnam. He reported from Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. 

In 2003, Mr. Martin was appointed by then-Gov. Ed Rendell to serve as Pennsylvania’s director of homeland security. He was charged with coordinating the all-hazards prevention, preparation and response activities of all state agencies. He served in that full-time capacity for almost 20 months and then continued to serve as senior advisor to the governor until September 2005. 

Mr. Martin was then appointed as a member of the Overseas Basing Commission. He visited 20 countries and traveled more than 100,000 miles touring present and proposed U.S. military installations. He finished his service as program manager for the Military Child Education Coalition, a Department of Defense initiative that helped children of U.S. military personnel.

He is survived by his stepsons, Douglas Simon (Holly) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Bart Simon (Christine) of Boston; his grandchildren, Ava, Barrett, Miller and Forde; his  brothers, Harry (Carol) of Doylestown, Pa., and Robert (Ruth) of Scranton; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

His wife Kay Grant Martin died in August.

A memorial service will be held May 7 at 11 a.m. at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Scranton. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MSPCA Cape Cod Adoption Center ( or the Wounded Warriors Project (

David R. Hufford, 87, construction company owner

February 27, 2022

David Ronald Hufford of DeBordieu died Feb. 27 at his home. He was 87.

He was born Dec. 11, 1934, in Perrysburg, Ohio, the son of Gertrude Best Hufford and Joseph Hufford. He graduated from Perrysburg High School in 1953 and joined the Marine Corps. He served until 1957. In 1954, he married Shirley Sue Sarver and had three children.

Mr. Hufford and Carollynn Bembenek married in 1985. This began their 36 year journey as partners in marriage, friendship, business and as grandparents. Mr. Hufford was the owner of Hufford Construction where he worked at the furniture market in High Point, N.C., for years.

He  enjoyed golf, the ocean, fishing, his front porch, playing cards, Johnny Cash music, travel, working in his yard, practical jokes and placing bets,  and his children and grandchildren. He taught all the importance of hard work and common sense.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his dog, Mack; his sister, Amelia Schute; his children, Brian Hufford (Lynn), Anita Kolvey (Bob) and Lisa Jones (Roosevelt Nix); his grandchildren,  Steve Hufford (Shannon) and great-grandchildren Lilah and Logan, Eric Hufford (Emily), Alyssa Kolvey, Zachary Kolvey, Meredith Kolvey, Rosie Nix, Jalen Jones and Keela Mackley (Ryan).

A celebration of life service is planned for May 7 in Georgetown.

Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at

Dr. Ernest Fox Jr., 79, veterinarian for 52 years

February 11, 2022

Dr. Ernest Julian Fox Jr. of Georgetown, a veterinarian, died Feb. 11. He was 79.

He was born Aug. 25, 1942, in Walterboro, the son of Ernest Julian Fox and Isolene Kinard Fox.  After graduating from Walterboro High School in 1959, he graduated from Clemson University and the University of Georgia, where he studied veterinary medicine. 

In 1968, Dr. Fox was one of six veterinary students in the country picked for a small animal veterinary internship at the University of California-Davis.  Following this, he was an instrumental part of a research study on animal kidney transplants at Sacramento Hospital in California.

After graduation, he opened Westview Animal Hospital in Georgetown. He was beloved by many pets and pet owners for 52 years. He was remembered as a  compassionate and caring veterinarian to all his patients and was a staple in the Georgetown community. 

Dr. Fox often mentioned that his family meant more to him than anything else in the world. He was unendingly proud of his children and grandchildren, and always tried his best to support them.

He  was also a passionate Clemson football (well, all things Clemson) fan and a hunter who could often be found at his farm in Hemingway when he wasn’t at home.

He is survived by his children, John Perry (Desiree), and Parker Lee (Cristine); his grandchildren, Tyler Jay, Branden Lee, Ryon Francis and Ellyn Jane; his great-grandchildren, John Louis, Chloe Marie and Tilly Rae; his sister, Marva Lackey; and his dearest friend of 55 years, Janet Fox.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Winyah Auditorium. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. at the auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 709 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at

Hal Ness, 94, helped lacrosse grow in S.C. schools

February 6, 2022

Harold M. Ness Jr. of Heritage Plantation, who helped develop lacrosse as a high school sport in South Carolina, died Sunday at his home. He was 94.

He was born Aug. 30, 1927, in Baltimore, the son of Harold M. and Anna Ullrich Ness. He attended Baltimore Friends School, where he lettered in football, basketball and lacrosse, graduating in 1946. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and served  two years in the 24th Infantry Division in Japan attaining the rank of sergeant. After service he attended Hobart College, in Geneva, N.Y., graduating in 1952. While at Hobart he played football, basketball and lacrosse. He was a member of Sigma Phi Fraternity and president of the Interfraternity Council as well as a member of the Orange Key and Chimera honor societies. 

Mr. Ness was the general agent for several life insurance companies from 1956 until 1977 when he formed his own company NIA Inc. He attained his CLU degree in 1965 and held officer positions in several professional organizations as well as the Kiwanis Club. 

Lacrosse was his favorite sport and he served on the board and the executive committee of US Lacrosse, where he was named Director of the Year in 1991. Upon semi-retirement in 1997 he moved to Pawleys Island,  and was a founder of the S.C. chapter of US Lacrosse. He helped build the sport to a position of being sanctioned by the S.C. High School League. He was honored by the chapter as their first Hall of Fame member, in 2004 and 2006. Known as “Sonny” while at Friends, he was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela G. Ness; his daughters, Laura Peffers, Pamela Mackinnell and Sarah Robinson; his son, William Ness; his stepdaughters, Kimmberly Bulkley and Kelly Newman; his stepson, Scott Bulkley; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to US Lacrosse, 2 Loveton Circle, Sparks, MD 21152.

Burnsie Thomas, 96, retired special ed teacher

February 5, 2022

Lora Evie Burns Thomas of Murrells Inlet, a former special education teacher, died Feb. 5.  She was 96.

Known as “Burnsie,” she was born July 9, 1925, in Sanford, N.C., the daughter of Clara and William Clyde Burns. Her parents moved to Orangeburg, where she attended Ellis Avenue Grammar School and graduated from Orangeburg High School in 1942. She graduated from Coker College, where she majored in education.

She first taught in Georgetown City Schools. She married and had four sons. After the oldest son was in college, Mrs. Thomas went back to school at Western Carolina University to study special education and earned a master’s degree in elementary education. She was devoted to advancing opportunities for the full development of the mentally challenged. She worked diligently to help those who were unable to help themselves, serving on committees at local and state levels. 

Mrs. Thomas later returned to teaching in the public schools, and at age 64, she renewed her teaching certificate with study at the University of Oxford in England. She was also a Red Cross water safety instructor. 

She was active in civic and community affairs including Senior Scholars; president of Friends of the Georgetown County Library; president of Kensington PTA; president of the Association for Retarded Children; charter member of Francis Asbury Sunday School Class, where she organized the golden anniversary of the class; leader for United Methodist Women; Georgetown Garden Club; and secretary of the Ribbon Dance Club.  She attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Orangeburg and Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

After her retirement, Mrs. Thomas satisfied her travel lust with trips to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Caribbean, British Isles and around the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In 1988, she moved to the Methodist Oaks, a retirement community in Orangeburg. 

She is survived by four sons, William Henry Thomas III (Ginger) of Simpsonville, Robert Burns Thomas (Nancy) of Fountain Inn, Steven Clyde Thomas of Ridgeland and David Beaty Thomas (Barbara) of Murrells Inlet; two grandchildren, Beaty Thomas (Angela) of Spartanburg and Lora Thomas of Mount Pleasant; four great-grandchildren, Valley, Baxter, Colin and Susana Thomas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Carolyn Thomas Lively of Waynesboro, Ga., was a special friend.

Her brother, Dr. William Clyde Burns, died before her.

A home-going service will be held at Friday at 11 a.m. at Pawleys Island Chapel. Memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s Home of Columbia or a charity of your choice.

There is a guest book at

Wilma Ervin, 85, kept a lifetime of friendships

January 30, 2022

Wilma Ervin of Heritage Plantation died Sunday after a short battle with cancer. She was 85.

She was born Wilma Irene Marlin on Oct. 5, 1936, in Nashville, Tenn. She spent the next 85 years exploring life while loving her family and friends.  

She was interested in everyone she met, from all walks of life, making friends everywhere.  She accepted people with a loving heart and always tried to do the right thing,  her family said.

She moved with the family several times throughout the country, but worked to maintain her friendships with remembered good times, cards and letters.  

Ms. Ervin had been a beloved member of the Pawleys Island community for the last 30 years, devoting more time to the church after caring for her husband, Paul, who died in 2007.  Through the years, she read, sewed, baked, played cards, gardened and was her family’s greatest supporter. 

She is survived by her children, Marlena Willis (Jake), Christiana Peterkin (Matthew) and William Ervin; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A funeral mass will be held at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Saturday. Visitation will be hosted at the church an hour before. The mass will be live streamed. There is a link at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at

Carolyn Green, 87, tended garden by the sea

January 27, 2022

Carolyn Brown Green of Garden City died Jan. 27  with her family by her side. She was 87.

She was born May 5, 1934, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of Dexter Ernest Brown and Maude McClary Brown. 

After raising her family in Andrews, Mrs. Green relocated to Cherry Grove and later to Garden City, where she enjoyed the ever-changing tides in Murrells Inlet and tending her lovely garden that featured hydrangeas, roses and palm trees.  

Always attuned to the sea, she was known for creating and living in gracious and beautiful homes, dressing to the nines and making memories with her family over delicious meals and everyone’s favorite poundcake.

Although she worked in various family businesses, she took the most pride in her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children,   RA Green III (Paula) of Murrells Inlet, Elizabeth Moseley of Garden City and Atlanta, Lisa Anderson (Jimmy) of Florence, and Jane Roberts (Giles) of Wilmington, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, Royce Green IV (Melanie), Neil Anderson (Jennifer), Mikkel Green, Ashley Anderson (Lindsey), Whitney R. Hill (Mark), Beth Anderson, Sarah Green, Grayson Roberts (Taylor), Ryan Anderson (Terri), Andrew Moseley (Lauren)  and Matthew Moseley; 10 great-grandchildren;  three brothers, Wendell Brown (Erma Jean) of Kingstree, Steve Brown of Edisto Island and Don Brown (Joan) of Mount Pleasant;  her sisters-in-law, Donna Riffe Brown of Mount Pleasant  and Joan G. Morris of Andrews; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Her sister, Betty Jean B. Mikkelson, and  her brother, Jerry Brown, died before her as did a brother-in-law, Billy Mikkelson, a sister-in-law, Margie M. Brown, and a son-in-law Riley “Trey” Moseley. Her ex-husband Royce A. Green Jr. died in 2015.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Will Malambri. Burial will be in the churchyard. Her family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. in Belin’s Family Life Center. The service will be live-streamed on the Belin YouTube channel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (, the American Cancer Society ( or the Brain Aneurysm Foundation (

Condolences may be sent at

Roy Prior, 82, captain in Vermont State Police

January 26, 2022

LeRoy Erwin Prior of Mendon, Vt., died Jan. 26 at his home. He was 82. 

The son of  Lucy R. Hunt Prior and Erwin Wilson Prior, he was born in their home in West Bridgewater, Vt. Known as Roy, he graduated from Woodstock High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Castleton College in 1988 and then attended the FBI Academy Class 155. 

Mr. Prior served for 27 years with the Vermont State Police and retired as a captain. Simultaneously, he spent 29 years with the Coast Guard Reserve Investigative Service. Career highlights include VSP polygraph training and supervisory role, scuba diving team, mountain rescue team and boating and snowmobile safety instructor. His VSP polygraph expertise led to his own private business, Prior Polygraph. 

Mr. Prior worked for the U.S. Marshals Service for 10 years. 

As a volunteer for the American Heart Association, he taught basic life support courses and served on the board. He served as town forest fire warden and assisted in initiating the Mendon baseball field.

He married Ellen Walukas Prior on Oct. 3, 1969, in Bennington, Vt.

A great father and mentor, he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s football and softball games up and down the East Coast. He enjoyed teaching and became a YMCA-certified scuba instructor throughout Vermont.  

His hobbies included family and friend camping trips, an Alaskan Highway motorcycle tour, great trips to Maine and other travels, lobstering, woodworking and deer hunting camp.

He was a member of the Mendon Fish & Game Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Fraternal Order of Elks, the Vermont Troopers Association and the American Legion.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his daughters, Janice Prior Olsen Wilhelm of Connecticut and Julie Prior of Vermont; his son, Matthew Prior of Pawleys Island; his sisters, Betty Prior Putnam and Doris Prior Dean of Vermont; his grandchildren, Jeremey Canneto (Melanie), Rocco Canneto, Harrison Prior Redkey and Hunter Prior; and his great granddaughters, Stella Rose Olsen and Faye Marie Canneto.

His brother, Allen Prior, and a grandson, Worth Olsen, died before him.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at or a charity of your choice. 

A memorial and celebration of life will be held this spring. 

There is a guest book at

Mary H. Shumpert, 107, love of Corvettes never dimmed

January 24, 2022

Mary Shumpert never forgot that 1961 Corvette convertible. Even the Mercedes  E 350 that she got when she turned 100 just couldn’t compare, although it did have a back seat for the great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Shumpert kept her driver’s license until she was 104. She died Jan. 24 at her home in Heritage Plantation. She was 107.

Mary Hughes Shumpert was born Oct. 19, 1914, in Columbia, the daughter of Joseph and Florence Hiller Hughes. She was a 1934 graduate of Columbia High School and attended the University of South Carolina. She and her husband, Julius Cleveland Shumpert, owned and operated the Columbia Grill on Hampton Street for 27 years, starting in 1945. Mrs. Shumpert was a talented baker and one of her greatest enjoyments in life was making cakes for family and friends.

The Shumperts bought their first Corvette in 1960, but traded in the standard-shift model for an automatic in 1961. The couple would take road trips to Las Vegas several times a year to take in the shows.

Mr. Shumpert died in 1987. Mrs. Shumpert sold the Corvette in 1999, but carried around a photo to show people. “That’s what I used to look like and this is the car I used to have,” she would tell them.

After she got the Mercedes in 2014, she enjoyed driving around with the top down and the music turned up, accompanied by her daughter, Suzanne Harris.

Mrs. Shumpert was an active member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and volunteered at Father Pat’s Kitchen.

Mrs. Shumpert explained the key to long life in a 2019 interview: “Be nice to everybody, and appreciative.”

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her grandson, Scott Swygert (Kristin); her great-grandsons, Archer and Jackson Swygert; and her nieces, Mary Katherine Taber (Bill), Frances Hughes, Charlene Henry (Dale), and Diana Tillery (Cameron).   

Her siblings and a sister-in-law, Francis Hughes (Hester), Charles Hughes (Kitty), Joseph Hughes Jr., Paul Hughes (Flossie) and Evelyn Gilbert, died before her, as did a niece, Claire Pilcher, and her golden retriever, Pawley Girl.

A graveside service was held Jan. 27 at St. Peter’s Cemetery in  Columbia. A memorial service will be held April 30 at 1 p.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. For more information about the service, contact her daughter at

Memorials may be made to the Basilica of Saint Peter or to Shandon UMC Building Fund.

Condolences may be sent at

Kathy Gray, 71, lived life ‘her way’

January 19, 2022

Sarah Kathy Gray of Pawleys Island died Jan. 19. She was 71.  

Known as Kathy, she was born Aug. 24, 1950, in Georgetown, the daughter of James T. and Sarah Lee Stewart Smith. 

Kathy lived life “her way.” She was a loving mother and grandmother and family was the most important thing to her.  She devoted her life to raising her daughters. She was a strong, independent, hard-working woman who touched the lives of everyone who knew her. 

She is survived by her daughters, Melissa Gray Moschgat (John) of Pawleys Island and Sheree Lanford (Scott) of Pawleys Island; her grandchildren, Patrick Lanford, Camryn Lanford, Sophie Moschgat and Jack Moschgat; and her brother, Jimmy Smith (Elwanda) of Gastonia, N.C.

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

Memorials may be made to the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center at

Brian Shult, 74, served two terms as county auditor

January 18, 2022

Brian Douglas Shult, the former Georgetown County auditor, died Tuesday. He was 74.  

He was born April 11, 1947, in El Campo, Texas, the son of Milton and Rose Shult. They taught him the basics of life: trust and faith in Jesus Christ, hard work, to be nice and respectful and laugh at yourself.  He graduated from Texas Lutheran College with a degree in business administration.  He was a member of Sigma Lambda Chi fraternity.  

He spent two years in the Army, serving with the 23rd Support Group at Camp Humphreys, Korea, where he met his wife, Viki.  They were married in 1975.

At 26, Mr. Shult became president and CEO of Shult Implement Co., one of the largest farm machinery dealerships on the Texas East Coast.  He had multiple careers in several states including real estate broker, director of the Virginia Nature Conservancy, hotel management and president of a chimney business in Vermont.  He moved to Pawleys Island in 2009 and served for two terms as county auditor. He retired in June 2021.

Mr. Shult was a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, where he served on both the finance committee and the session.  He was vice chairman for the county Republican Party  and president of the S.C. Association of Auditors.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by two children, Arla Burnley Newton and Andrew Brian Christian Shult; four grandsons, Cameron Burnley Schneider Shult, Christopher Burnley Newton, Graham Covington Schneider Shult and Jack Holderness Newton; and a brother, Milton Donald Shult Jr.

Funeral services will be held at Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.  Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at

Charlotte Troy, 84, started bed and breakfast for dogs

January 17, 2022

Charlotte Troy of Pawleys Island, owner of Benji’s Bed and Breakfast, died Monday. She was 84.

She was born Charlotte P. Gourlis in Woburn, Mass. She and her twin Charles were the youngest of seven children. She excelled in school and studied nursing at Beth Israel teaching hospital in Boston. She worked for several years as a registered nurse and married her first husband in 1962, having two sons together. 

In 1980, she both adopted her first dog – a dachshund puppy named Dudley – and began taking college classes at night, eventually earning a master’s degree in business management in 1985. Five years later, she married her second husband, Edward Troy of Charleston, Mass. They both loved to travel, and he was an avid golfer, which is how they first discovered the Myrtle Beach area. 

Mr. Troy succumbed to cancer in the early 2000s, and Charlotte moved full-time to Pawleys Island shortly thereafter. While enjoying walks on the beach with her two dogs, she met many vacationing families who missed their pets left back at home, which inspired her to start a “bed and breakfast” for dogs in the Pawleys Island area so that both people and pets could vacation together as a family. 

In 2003, Benji’s Bed and Breakfast opened, and Mrs. Troy had shown up for work there nearly every day since. 

She is survived by her two sons, their wives and five grandchildren. 

The family expressed their appreciation to the congregation of All Saints Church, where she actively celebrated her faith, and to the current and former employees of Benji’s who were there with her every day and were essential in helping realize a dream that brought a deep sense of purpose to her life.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Church.

There is a guest book at

Weezie Ford, 94, music teacher directed choirs

January 17, 2022

Mary Louise Parrish Ford of Georgetown died Monday at home her home surrounded by family. She was 94.

Known as Weezie, she was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Georgetown, the daughter of Joel Phillips Parrish and Mary Louise Butt Parrish. She married her high school sweetheart, Francis Bell “Jeep” Ford, on June 1, 1946. They were married for 75 years until his death in September.

Mrs. Ford furthered her study of piano and her love of music while attending the School of Music at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C. After college, she taught piano lessons and directed the adult and youth choirs at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. She later taught at McDonald Elementary School before landing a position as the elementary school music teacher in several Georgetown County schools, where she taught for many years.

She was an active and lifelong member of Duncan Memorial. She served on numerous committees and was a member of the Loula Ford Circle. She enjoyed serving her community and was the first chair of the Georgetown chapter of Keep America Beautiful, a member of Prince George Garden Club and a leader of Girl Scout Troop 202.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Louise Ford Stott (Charlie), and son, Francis Bell “Jeepy” Ford Jr. (Lawly); five grandchildren, Mary Louise Bahnson (Steve), Francis Bell Ford III (Mari), Wallace Pate Ford (Caroline), Stella Ford Dawson (Andrew) and Phillip Ford (fiancée Ashley);  six great-grandchildren, Rayna Bahnson Armitage, Stella Piper and Virginia Dawson, Burkley and Wallace Ford, and Finn Ford; her goddaughter, Bonnie Williams Dantzler, and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, another  son, Joel Parrish Ford, and her older sisters, Sara Parrish Barnes and Alyce Parrish Flenniken, died before her.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ross Chellis and the Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the gravesite following the committal.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Music Fund or Bell Tower Fund at the church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440, the Tidelands Health Foundation’s Francis B. Ford Nursing and Allied Health Education Fund, P.O. Box 1269, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or a charity of your choice.

There is a guest book at

B Clement Williams, 71, filled life with challenges

January 16, 2022

Bruce Clement Williams of Pawleys Island died Jan. 16 after a year with flioblastoma, which he fought up to his last breath. He was 71.

Known as B Clement, his family said he was a hard man to sum up in an obituary, as his significance and impact on those who knew him can’t be expressed with words. He showed kindness and respect to all he encountered, had a determination to make the world a better place and fight injustice and held gratitude for living a life rich in laughter while embracing every given moment.

He was born in November 1950 in Goldsboro, N.C., the son of Everett and Cora Williams. He spent his life in South Carolina, ending up in Pawleys Island. He regarded North Georgia College for taking a chance on him — even as he almost flunked out — as he believed the college, and the friendships made there, contributed to his success. 

His career was with Southern Systems (Southern Imaging) out of Florence, and he later co-founded Black Mule Print in Conway, now run by his son Steven. While he recognized he wasn’t always the easiest person to work with, he hoped those he encountered along the way, and those he spent his days with, knew how much they meant to him and how those relationships made his life rewarding. He would be laughing now reminiscing about all the pranks he played during hard work days; he loved to bring a smile to others.

Throughout his life, Mr. Williams loved traveling with his wife of more than 46 years, Kathy. They traveled with friends and family and built lasting memories. While traveling for pleasure was always enjoyed, he also pushed himself spiritually, mentally and physically through solo journeys, including backpacking through Europe, working at a cattle ranch in Wyoming and weeks in Spain hiking along the Camino de Santiago. He would encourage others to live life to the fullest and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the world, even through the troubled days.

He was also an author, taking a year off work to write a book. The novel, “Wasting Perfect Conditions,” became a staple recommendation for those who read it. In retirement, Mr. Williams continued to challenge himself. He volunteered in the neonatal intensive care unit at MUSC, holding premature babies and providing them warmth and love to continue their own growth. He learned woodworking and made rocking horses for children, took long walks with the family dogs and spent time at the beach. 

His family said he would be remembered for the world he showed them, the life of love he gave them, the laughter they shared — even all those dad jokes to which he was famous — and the tools he provided for them to live a rich and rewarding life. They would continue living his motto of “work hard, do your best, and have a good time,” and realize that maybe he was the self-titled “world’s smartest man” after all. 

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Ward Wiliams; his children, Steven Williams (Jillian) of Myrtle Beach, Brooke David (Byron) of Myrtle Beach and Lindsay Williams of New York; his grandchildren, Annabelle and Phoenix Williams, and Everett and Cooper David; his sister, Kathy Williams Day (Rick); and many nieces and nephews. 

His sister, LaDell Williams Dixon, and another granddaughter, Charlotte Williams, died before him. 

Services were held Saturday at Goldfinch Funeral Home in Conway.

Memorials may be made to his granddaughter’s charity, Charlotte’s Greyces, which helps families with palliative care, P.O. Box 1203, Conway, SC 29528. His family said Mr. Williams would also encourage people to live their life fully, respect others and show kindness to all they encounter.

Mary B. Sheppard, 90, enjoyed travel

January 16, 2022

Mary Belle Sheppard of Murrells Inlet died Sunday  Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 90.

She was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., the daughter of Albert McNamara and Helen McNamara.  She was married for 67 years to the late Clair Eugene Sheppard.

Mrs. Sheppard was  member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church

She enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially camping and cruises.  She was also a talented artist who was known for her decorative Fabergé-style eggs. 

She is survived by her sons, Stephen Sheppard, (Cheryl Ellefson) of Murrells Inlet and Greg Sheppard (Donna Briscoe) of DeLeon Springs, Fla.; her grandchildren, JC, Daniel and Rob; and six great-grandchildren. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at Belin, with interment following in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the S.C. Sea Turtle Care Center at 

Ray Bittner, 85, made career in garment industry

January 13, 2022

Raymond F. Bittner of Pawleys Island died Sunday with his wife by his side. He was 85.

Known as Ray, he was born Jan. 13, 1937, in Queens, N.Y., the son of Raymond and Grace Bittner. He traveled his whole life. 

He graduated from high school in the morning and joined the Army in the afternoon.  The Army promised to teach him photography, but instead sent him to Le Havre, France, where he was assigned to the engineers company, building roads and bridges.  

After leaving the Army in the late 1950s, Mr. Bittner worked as a traveling salesman in the garment industry.  For more than 50 years he worked in the men’s garment business as a salesman, a merchandiser and designer.  He was a marketing director, president and CEO of various fashion companies.  He traveled to Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, sometimes going around the world four times a year.  

Mr. Bittner loved living and working in New York, but retired to Pawleys Island in 1997.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sarah A. Johnson; his son, Shawn Bittner of Morristown, N.J.; his brother, Dennis Bittner (Sandy) of Mountville, Pa.; his sister, Roberta Newton (John) of Millersville, Pa.; his sister-in-law, Sue Bittner of Miller Place, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Three other brothers, Ron, Michael and Robert Bittner, died before him.

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

Mike Travis, 80, IP retiree loved Georgia football

January 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at

Herman and Sherry Pauley, Litchfield residents

January 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is an online  guestbook at

Rich Fanning, 77, retired NYFD deputy chief

January 13, 2022

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

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

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

His one regret was not moving to Pawleys Island sooner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent at

Ella Eaddy, 100, first director of Belin school

January 9, 2022

Ella Gabrell Powell Eaddy of Murrells Inlet died Jan. 9 at NHC Healthcare. She was 100.

She was born March 8, 1901, in Hemingway, one of nine children of Clara Hughes Powell and Eddie Powell. 

She was remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family.  

She loved preparing Sunday dinner for her family every week.  She enjoyed working in her yard, growing beautiful flowers and grew a very successful vegetable garden every season.  

Mrs. Eaddy loved Belin Memorial United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Mildred Floyd Sunday school class and was the oldest living member of the church.  She was instrumental in the development of Belin Creative Learning Center, becoming the first full-time director and remaining that for many years.

She is survived by her children, Ann Jackson, Bubba Eaddy (Cheryl), Kerry Eaddy and Denise Shelley (Booty); nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lyle Stone, and two brothers, Edward and Mitchell Powell.

Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Belin.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Belin Creative Learning Center, P.O. Box 528 Murrells Inlet, SC 29571.

There is a guest book at

Olivia M. Insignares, 89, Spanish language teacher

January 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Sue Molnar, 79, educator served on school board

January 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drew McCann, 49, Air Force vet

January 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at

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

January 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Georgia Comfort, 70, pianist aided Waccamaw Indian programs

January 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent at

Helyn Dawson, 89, charter member of Wayne UMC

April 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graveside services will be private.

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

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

Condolences may be sent at

Kent Reich, 87, worked on Air Force projects

April 30, 2020

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

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

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

He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at

Emma L. Washington, 78, active in Catholic church

April 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at

Gary Mason, 73, had a passion for percussion

April 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

He continued to play with the symphony for 30 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bobby Felton, 32, worked at True Blue Nurseries

April 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at

Robert Gumbert, 78, avid angler worked in insurance

April 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children.

Emory Adams, 77, veteran loved baseball

April 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jimmy McCants, 84, chaired town Planning Commission

March 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth Wiley, 81, avid environmentalist

March 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to Audubon South Carolina at

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

March 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial services were Wednesday at the graveside in Elmwood Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent at

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

Vincent L. Franco, 57, devoted Kiss fan

March 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Private family services will be held at a later date.

There is a guest book at

Harvey F. Lowes, 82, retired carpenter

March 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

A celebration of his life will be held privately.

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

There is a guest book at

Susan M. Konikiewicz, 69, retired deli manager

March 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at

Elery Little, 92, school board member was lifelong educator

March 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucille Hanley, 89, retired teacher

March 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

Another son, Michael Hanley, died before her.

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

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

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Michael K. Clingenpeel, 72, owned gourmet shop

March 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

The Baxters moved to Myrtle Beach in 1991.

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

The couple married in 1947. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at

Jeremy Pait, 32, Navy vet worked in construction

February 27, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The family will hold a private graveside service.

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

Condolences may be sent at

James C. Phillips, 74, founder of sign company

February 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Private services will be held at a later date.

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George Holman Jr., 65, retired estate planner

February 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Henry Moore, 96, WWII vet crafted bird houses

February 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent at 

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

February 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fernando Soto, 55, started family insurance firm

February 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent at

Earl R. Taylor, 90, salesman started metals company

January 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Robbie Janes, 66, started WHS soccer program

January 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim Franklin, 66, counselor became pastry chef

January 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kent Field, 42, worked at Heritage golf club

January 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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