Cynthia C. Nance, 81, Murrells Inlet restaurant owner – Coastal Observer


Cynthia C. Nance, 81, Murrells Inlet restaurant owner

November 23, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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