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Anne Burgin, 78, former hospital administrator

April 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosalie R. Oetzel, 95

April 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Leona M. Zawislak, 85, helped plan Peach Festival

April 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Andy Quattlebaum, 22

April 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

April 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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C. Eugene Austin, 79, founded insulation company

April 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imogene Friedrich, 76

March 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacob B. Elliott, 30, worked as financial advisor

March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edward B. Robinson, 77, small business owner

March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dolores Graf, 88, a ‘kind heart’

March 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

March 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 14, 2019

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

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

He attended Pawleys Island Community Church.

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

Another sister, Shirley Hanser Cooper, died before him.

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

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

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James Archambeault, 76, photographer of Pawleys calendars

March 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nell Smith, 81, source of chatter and laughter

February 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Cox, 80, retired special agent with FBI

February 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Melanie A. Walling, 64, started catering buisness

February 22, 2019

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

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

Donald Kennedy, 92, retired from Bell Atlantic

February 14, 2019

Donald D. Kennedy of Hagley Estates died Jan. 31 at his home. He was 92.

He was born in Batavia, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Teresa Kennedy. 

He moved to Washington, D.C., and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He served on the USS Corregidor and the USS Lafayette.

Mr. Kennedy worked at the Veterans Administration, where he met his wife, Patricia. They celebrated their 71st anniversary in November.

He worked for C&P (later Bell Atlantic) for 36 years. Toward the end of his career he worked at the White House. He moved to Pawleys Island in 1985.

Mr. Kennedy enjoyed golf, family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Linda Martinez (Larry) of Pawleys Island, Suzie Hunter (Tommy) of Surfside Beach, David Kennedy (Colleen)  of Kensington, Md., and Kathy Otten (Larry) of Pawleys Island; and five grandchildren, Caitlin, Michael, Zachary, Joseph and Nicole.

His sister, Elinor Wallis, and brother, John Kennedy, died before him.

A family memorial service will be scheduled.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1825, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Don Kane, 92, had second career as ‘bag boy’

February 14, 2019

Don Kane’s job was bagging groceries. But he had other ideas. “I consider my job to be public relations,” he said. “If I can make someone smile or laugh, then it’s been a good day.”

There were many good days in his nearly 29 years in the grocery business. Mr. Don, who retired in December, died Feb. 8. He was 92.

Donald A. Kane was born May 28, 1926, in Pittsburgh, the son of Ralph D. Kane and the former  La Geene E. Foust. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the Navy during World War II as a yeoman on the USS Dauphin, an attack transport. It was part of the invasion of Okinawa and was in Tokyo Bay on the day Japan surrendered. 

“That’s a day I’ll never forget,” Mr. Kane said in a 2011 interview.

He worked as a salesman for Transport Motor Express in Pittsburgh. His first wife, Betty, died before him. He and his second wife, Dorothy, moved to Murrells Inlet in 1987. They were on their way to Florida, but a stopover convinced them to stay, Mr. Kane said. Dorothy also died before him.

He worked at  Tad’s Hardware and then Harris Teeter in Litchfield. He stayed on after the store was bought by Bi-Lo.

He already had 18 years in the business when he celebrated his 85th birthday at the store. “They’ve kept me for 19 years, and I’ll continue to work as long as they’ll have me,” he said at the time. “I’ve been fortunate to meet so many really good people.”

He is survived by his son, Ronald W. Kane (Teresa Finn); his daughter, Janis L. Culotta-Altares (David); four grandchildren, William, Nathan, Benjamin and Justin (Anne); two great-grandchildren, Harper and Lucas; and several step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A service celebrating his life was held Tuesday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a member.

Faye Marlow, 88, co-owner of iconic Pawleys store

February 14, 2019

Faye Jewell Rials Marlow of Pawleys Island, who ran a general store with her husband for nearly 40 years, died Tuesday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 88.

She was born April 20, 1930, in Columbia, the daughter of Walter Talmadge Rials and Janie Mae Hood Rials.  She was a graduate of Columbia High School. She married Frank Marlow in 1949 and moved to Pawleys Island. Together they ran Marlow’s Store on Highway 17. It was started by Mr. Marlow’s father in 1943. He took over after his father’s death in 1947.

The store sold groceries and just about everything else islanders needed, from kerosene lamps to crab pots. It was known for its Pawleys Island caviar and its country hams.

The couple lived on the north end of Pawleys Island. On Oct. 15, 1954, they spent the night at the store, sleeping behind the meat counter while Hurricane Hazel battered the island. In an interview on the 50th anniversary of the storm, Mrs. Marlow recalled going out during the eye of the storm and seeing the house rising and falling with the storm surge. It was later spotted floating in Pawleys Creek. It was towed back to their lot and the roof, which had blown off, was replaced.

The couple retired in 1988. Their house was pushed into the street by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. “We realized we couldn’t keep doing that,” Mrs. Marlow said. They moved to Pawleys Retreat.

Marlow’s Store became Frank’s restaurant. Mr. Marlow died in 2001.

Mrs. Marlow served as a president of the Eastern Star and was a communicant of All Saints Church, Waccamaw, serving on the vestry, in the choir and on the archives committee. She also attended Christ the King Waccamaw Episcopal Church.  Mrs. Marlow loved traveling, chatting with people and enjoyed going out to dinner, especially at Frank’s. 

She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Gail Marlow-Inman and her son in law, Marvin Duane Inman of Rome, Ga., many nieces including Patsy Burns Kornharens of Summerville, Bobbie Burns Hawkins of Columbia and Kristi Kornharens of Fort Mill; and a nephew, Daniel Rials of Columbia. 

Memorial services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the graveside in All Saints Churchyard, conducted by the Rev. Tim Surratt. There is a guest book at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Martha’s House, P.O. Box 434, Georgetown SC 29442; Miss Ruby’s Kids, P.O. Box 1007, Georgetown, SC 29442; All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or Teach My People, P.O. Box 2848 Pawleys Island, SC 29585. 



Georgetown County Democratic Women’s Council: Emily Clegedy, candidate for state Senate District 34, is the speaker. Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m., 149 King St., Georgetown.

Georgetown County Republican Party: Mark Bonnoitt, Midlands field director for Sen. Lindsey Graham, is the speaker. Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Waccamaw Library.

Georgetown County Council: Jan. 28, 5 p.m., council chambers.

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