Maria Angela Ares of Heritage Plantation died Aug. 25 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 86.
She was born July 11, 1932, on the island of Madeira, Portugal, a daughter of Eduardo and Angela Nobrega. She immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1950s and became a citizen in 1964.
Mrs. Ares, who was known as Angela, worked in the airline business in New York City for Pan Am and opened the first Air Portugal sales office in the U.S. on Fifth Avenue. She later worked with SAS in Queens, N.Y.
She and her husband, John Ares, retired to Heritage Plantation in 1997. She was a volunteer at Waccamaw Community Hospital and the Myrtle Beach Airport. Mrs. Ares was very active with the Heritage Plantation Ladies Luncheon Group.
In a favorite saying, Mrs. Ares described herself as,“ Portuguese by birth, Spanish by marriage, American by choice and Southerner by the grace of God.”
In addition to her husband of 56 years, she is survived by her sisters, Olga Nunes (Renato) of Murrells Inlet, Manuela and Alexandra of Madeira; her nephews, Ren Nunes (Mary Katherine) of Charleston, Paul Pimenta (Lori) of Morristown, N.J., Fred DeSousa of New York and Gilbert DeSousa of Long Island, N.Y.; her nieces, Isabel Pimenta of Madeira, Marta Pimenta of Old Bridge, N.J., and Marta DeSousa of Long Island.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude or Shriners Children’s hospitals.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church columbarium.
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John Godwin “Jack” Buffington of Pawleys Island, a graduate of Waccamaw High School and a junior at the College of Charleston, died Tuesday. He was 20.
Born in Columbia, Jack spent happy early years at Shandon Presbyterian Preschool and A.C. Moore Elementary and in Hollywood Park with friends. The family moved to Pawleys Island when he was 7. The beach was the place he was the happiest; he spent his summers teaching surfing to younger kids.
Jack found joy in surfing, skateboarding and the ocean air. His light graced the lives of all who knew him.
Jack was a varsity letterman for Waccamaw High’s cross country team. A member of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, he served as head acolyte there during his high school years.
He is survived by his parents, Bobby and Melissa Buffington; his sister, Josie, and brother, Rob; his grandparents, Johnny and Judy Godwin, and Rebecca Godwin and Deane Bogardus; his aunts, Carrie Godwin Barnwell and Elizabeth Buffington Byrd, his uncles, Bill Buffington and Bryan Buffington. He also left a community of friends and neighbors who treated Jack like family.
Visitation is today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. The memorial service will be held at Holy Cross on Friday at 2 p.m. by The Rev. Wil Keith and the Rev. Jason Roberson. A reception will follow at the church. Memorials may be made to the College of Charleston Foundation for Suicide Prevention (R819), 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424 or to the Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation at surfridergrandstrand.org.
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Paul Daniel Carter of Murrells Inlet died Aug. 21 at Embrace Hospice House. He was 75.
He was born Aug. 1, 1943, in Nashville, Tenn., the son of Samuel Robert Carter and Ellan Elizabeth Cheek.
Mr. Carter was remembered as a strong-willed man, who loved his family and loved to talk. He loved to watch the sunrise and sunset. He had a green thumb and took great care of all of his plants and flowers.
The one thing he loved to do most was fishing. He took great pride in it and was a skilled freshwater fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Deidra Carter; three children, Robert Carter (Ginger) of Chesterton, Ind., Paul Carter Jr. (Melsia) of Murrells Inlet and Kimberly Moreno-Geronimo (Jose) of Conway; and two grandchildren, Karen Carter and Daisy Moreno-Carter.
A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at Timberlake Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach.Aug. 23
Stephen Chmil of Willbrook Plantation died Saturday at his home surrounded by his family. He was 90.
He was born in New York City. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and Adelphi University. He served in the Army during the Korean War.
As a senior executive in the aerospace and defense electronics industry on Long Island for 42 years, he made significant contributions working alongside various branches of the U.S. military.
He lived for many years in Westbury, N.Y.
He was a member of the Knight’s of Columbus (Fourth Degree Knight), a member of the Catholic War Veterans and very active in the communities where he resided. He was a former chairman of the Georgetown County Board of Zoning Appeals.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sophie; his four children, Barbara Peyser (Michael), Daria Carnesi (Kenneth), Stephen Chmil (Barbara) and Andrea Costello (TJ); 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. An interment service will be held at the cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Josaphat’s Monastery, One East Beach Drive, Glen Cove, New York 11542 or .
George Ellis Mills of Pawleys Island died Aug. 12 at Embrace Hospice House in Myrtle Beach.
He was born in 1928 in Evansville, Ind., the son of Dr. George E. Mills and Permelia Ruth Barrett Mills, the family later moved to Atlanta.
George attended Druid Hills High School and graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Atlanta in 1945. He entered the Army in 1946 and served in the occupation of Japan after World War II. After returning home he completed his education at North Georgia College as a reservist. He graduated in 1951 with a degree in business and received his officer’s commission.
He started his military service as a paratrooper, Army Ranger and jump school instructor. He served in the 1st Cavalry, 101st Airborne, 88th Airborne, 18th Airborne, 4th Infantry and 24th Infantry divisions. His service included the Korean War where he was awarded a Bronze star. During the Vietnam conflict he earned four Bronze Stars for his service.
He later became an intelligence specialist and retired from the Pentagon in 1973 with a rank of lieutenant colonel.
He married Mary Ruth Jones of Clay County, Ga., in 1951 and they shared 61 adventurous years together. As a military family with three children, they lived in Germany, Japan, Hawaii and a number of military posts in the United States. In civilian life Mr. Mills enjoyed woodworking, sailing, house and car tinkering, and singing in the church choir.
He is survived by his three children, Joseph Lamar Mills (Carmel), George Edmond Mills (Joan) and Laura Jean Mills Glazier (Mike); his grandchildren, Marco Mills, Kimberly Mills, Mark Mills, John Gasper, Joyce Gasper, Taylor Glazier and Mary Glazier; and his sister, Martha Mills Perry.
In addition to his wife, a grandson Max Thomas Lamar Glazier, died before him.
Burial services will be held at New Lowell Methodist Church in Clay County at a later time.
Memorials may be made to the church, 225 Pataula Park Rd., Georgetown, GA 39854.Aug. 16
Lionel Edward “Bud” Jones of Pawleys Island died Aug. 7. He was 87.
He was born in Blacksburg, the son of Walter and Rachel Webber Jones. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and graduated from Limestone College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He later founded a textile chemical business in Greenville.
His life was filled with service to his country, family, church, community and friends. He and his wife, Jan, found great joy in helping others.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by a daughter, Tami Jacques; his sons, Mark and Scott; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His family thanked the many friends who were supportive during his long fight with Parkinson’s disease.
Services were held Saturday at All Saints Church.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. 1501 NW9th Ave, Bob Hope Rd. Miami, FL 33136.
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Terry John Strong of Pawleys Island, a retired Army officer who had a career in architecture, died Aug. 4 at his home. He was 85.
He was born Dec. 25, 1932, in Astoria, Ore., the son of Harold W. Strong and Harriet Johnson Strong. He graduated from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Kan., in 1951. He was devoted to the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and induction into the Order of the Arrow honor society. He spent summers working as a wrangler at the Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico.
He attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, graduating in 1956 from the College of Architecture.
He served as an officer in the Army Reserve for more than 20 years. He re-established and commanded the 3d Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colo., in 1975, and retired in 1992 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Throughout his architectural career, Col. Strong focused on writing specifications for the construction of industrial buildings including schools, hospitals and hotels. He was founder and president of Specifications Inc. in Colorado Springs until his retirement in 2002. He founded the Pikes Peak Branch of the Specifications Consultants Institute in Washington, D.C., an organization of more than 8,000 architects, engineers, and other professionals who monitor building construction and materials. He was elected as its national president in 1981.
Col. Strong was an active member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, where he especially enjoyed the choir in which he sang bass. Music was an important part of his life, throughout. He loved performing with numerous musical groups including light opera.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Cobiella Strong; his sister, Corlene Strong McFaden; his children, Mary Elizabeth Taylor (Ray), David K. Strong (Julie), Katherine A. Lundeen (Ed) and Mark A. Strong (Nanelle); his step-children, Laura J. Knffin (Larry) and David V. Schreibman; and 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will by held at Pawley’s Island Presbyterian Church at a later date.
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Robert Henry Green of McClellanville died Aug. 2. He was 55.
Born in Conway, he was the son of the late Dove Walter Green Jr. and Sara Fowler Green. Bob was a graduate of Conway High School and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from USC-Coastal Carolina in 1987.
He loved anything involving the ocean. This love for the sea was expressed through his surfing and fishing adventures. He quickly realized his desire for fishing and obtained his merchant marine license in 1988.
Mr. Green soon purchased his first boat and started his fishing career that stretched from Murrells Inlet to McClellanville. He prided himself in providing fresh seafood to the locals and tourists alike.
His other hobbies included hunting and spending time with his two sons.
He is survived by his sons, Robert Henry Green Jr., Jeremy Christian Green and their mother, Elizabeth Green, all of Murrells Inlet; a brother, Dave Walter Green III (Vanean), Long Beach, Miss.; his sisters, Sally Green (Tony Ryan) of Greenville and Mary Hope Green of Mount Pleasant; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his godfather, Richard Howard (Kathleen) of Pawleys Island; and his companion Kathleen Ireland of McClellanville.
A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Inlet Affairs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Frances Animal Center, 125 Ridge St, Georgetown, SC 29440 or sfanimals.org.
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David Edward Herlt of Pawleys Island, a paper company engineer who became an avid cyclist, died July 31. He was 77.
He was born July 24, 1941, the oldest of three children born to Maurice “Pete” Herlt and Dorothy Fanning in Troy, N.Y. Dave attended Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks and enlisted shortly after graduation in the Coast Guard where he would also meet and marry Mary Koster. He attended N.C. State after his service and graduated with honors and a degree in pulp and paper engineering and furthered his education with a master’s degree from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.
In 1969, Mr. Herlt began his 38-year career with International Paper Co. where he and Mary would begin to raise three daughters. He served the community by participating on a number of organizations and boards throughout his career which most notably included the Paper Science and Engineering Foundation at Miami University in Ohio and the board of the SUCO Foundation at the State University of New York – Oswego.
During this time, they also discovered their love of biking and developed a network of friends who joined them as they participated in multi-day rides around the country and throughout Europe logging over 26,000 miles. One of their greatest accomplishments was the 4,800 mile coast-to-coast Cross Canada biking event that they completed in 2004.
Always a devout Catholic, Mr. Herlt will be remembered for his deep faith. This faith helped him through the passing of Mary and opened his heart for Janet Devereux who became his wife in 2010. Dave and Jan took advantage of the short time they had together to do all they could and lived life to the fullest including finishing the book he wrote about his biking adventures, “Pedals, Prayers and Perseverance.”
In addition to his wife, Janet Wilson Devereux of Litchfield Beach, he is survived by his sisters Mary Herlt (George Preston) and Joan Gould of New York; his daughters, Barbara Comeau of Shelburne, Vt., Katie Oliver (Michael) of Columbia and Jennifer Sweeney (Coby) of Cincinnati; and his grandchildren Emma, Paige, Sophie, Madison, Hannah, Mackenzie, Jack and Sam.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Charles Creel, Delores Winn, Rita Giles and Mary Jo Zook who offered Dave and Jan constant support and compassionate care.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. A celebration of his life will follow at Carefree Catering.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
There is a guest book at .Richard Wayne Hornung of Heritage Plantation died July 28 at his home with his wife of 50 years at his side. He was 84.
He was born March 5, 1934, in North Dakota, his father, Peter, was 31, and his mother, Dorothy, was 25. He married Mary Louise Yates on April 27, 1968, in Wilmington, Calif.
Services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., by his brother-in-law Elder Jim Yates, and nephew, Elder Jeff Yates.
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Benjamin Tisdale Ketner of Hagley Estates died Saturday at his home in Pawleys Island with his family by his side. He was 54.
He was born on Sept. 25, 1963, in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Benjamin Ketner and Betty Long Ketner.
He was the owner of Ben’s Concrete in Pawleys Island and was admired for his hard work and dedication.
He is survived by his wife, Carin Garris Ketner, and his son, Ben Ketner.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440.
Mary Elizabeth Russell of Pawleys Island, an active participant in charitable causes who had a passion for music, died Sunday at her home. She was 90.
Known as Liz, she was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Cincinnati to the former Lucretia Stephens and Samuel Foster Montague. A graduate of St. Petersburg High in Florida and the University of Kentucky, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was chosen the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi at UK.
In 1949 she married her college classmate Donald Ray Russell, who survives her, as do their daughter, Patricia Lee Russell (Marc Camin) of San Diego; sons Stephen Montague Russell of Pawleys Island; Don Taylor Russell (Catherine) of Charlotte; and David Foster Russell (Robin) of Myrtle Beach; grandchildren Carlin, Stephen, Temperance, Foster, Grainger and Miranda; three nieces and a nephew; and three sisters-in-law. Her brothers Alan and Samuel “Boz” Montague died before her.
In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Russell was remembered as a warm and welcoming hostess wherever Don’s career as an executive in the paper and packaging industry took them: St. Louis; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Westport, Conn.; Minneapolis; Columbus; Middletown, Ohio; and Hartsville. They retired to Pawleys Island in 1988.
No matter where she lived, Mrs. Russell was active in civic events and charities. In Columbus, she volunteered for the American Heart Association. She also served as a volunteer and player host for the PGA tournament held at the Columbus Country Club in 1964. In Middletown, she was active in the Women’s Auxiliary for Middletown Hospital and co-chaired the Middletown Federation of Women’s Clubs’ annual Charity Ball. In South Carolina, she served on the Governor’s Task Force to address litter.
She was an avid sports and fitness enthusiast. At UK, she was elected to the varsity cheerleading squad as a freshman and later was head cheerleader. Before starting her family, she taught physical education at Taylor High School in North Bend, Ohio, where she also coached the cheerleading squad, the swim team and the track team. Later, when she discovered physical education wasn’t offered at her youngest son’s school, she volunteered her services, creating and teaching a phys. ed. program there for several years. She kept up her athletic pursuits, playing golf and tennis throughout her adult life.
For all her interests and activities, Mrs. Russell’s greatest passion was music. She directed choral groups while in college, sang in church choirs and directed the youth choir at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bexley, Ohio.
Singing was at the center of every family gathering, where she enjoyed harmonizing on favorite old songs with her father and brothers and on new favorites with her children and grandchildren. And nothing thrilled her more than watching sons Steve and Don perform as The Russell Brothers in venues up and down the Carolina coast.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at mjfox.org. There is a guest book at .
William Wallace Sullivan III of Litchfield Country Club died July 31. He was 69.
He was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Bridgeport, Conn., to William Wallace Sullivan II and Harriet Howard Sullivan. Known as Bill, he was an avid tennis player and certified racquet stringer who despite his struggles with MS and Crohn’s always enjoyed a good game with his tennis buds Frazier, Tom, Werner, Dan, Frank, Reinhardt, and John and never hesitated to have a cold one afterwards.
Mr. Sullivan also enjoyed clamming with his good neighbor, Bill, and ending the day with, yes, a cold one. He was a good man, with a dry, sometimes annoying sense of humor that came with a sense of honesty and loyalty valued by those who loved and knew him well.
His college roommate, Gil, knew that and has remained his forever friend. They loved to talk about many things but mostly basketball and cars.
He will be missed by his little beagle buds Sammy, Raz and Bella. Most of all they will miss his love of animals, neighborhood walks and crunchy cheese doodle sit down treat times.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; his sister Bonnie Smith/Kelly of New Brunswick, N.J., and her two children Patrick and Patience; his sister MaryAnne Nester of Potomac, Md., and her two children, Annie and Claire; and his sister Rachel Mercurio of Trumbull, Conn., and her two children Lee and Paul.
At his request, there will be no services, but feel free to lift a cold one in his honor. Please do not send cards or flowers. Those inclined to do something in his honor may donate what they would spend on cards or flowers to their favorite animal organization, drop spare change in the many shelter canisters at local stores or send a donation to the Beagle Freedom Project that rescues dogs from experimental labs.
His family also express thanks to the staff at Waccamaw Community Hospital for their care and support.
Lillian Szabo, a long-time Litchfield resident, died July 26 at Inlet Coastal Resort. She was 89.
She was born July 28, 1928, in Joliet, Ill. the daughter of Johanna “Jennie” and Frank Mavrin. Lillian proudly attributed her longevity to her strong Slovenian heritage. She was married to the late John George Szabo.
Mrs. Szabo was an insurance underwriter in Chicago at a time when very few women held such positions.
Her whole life was dedicated to the service of others. She and her husband were founding members of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, with Lillian serving as lector and eucharistic minister and her husband as an usher. She was active in the Women’s Club as an officer and a member of the Democratic Party, serving as poll manager for many years.
Mrs. Szabo was dedicated to helping families that had been affected by Alzheimer’s disease by acting as a group facilitator at the Episcopal Church in Georgetown.
Although the couple never had children of their own, through the years they had a tendency to “adopt” a young family with children. Mrs. Szabo would take them strawberry picking, pick them up from school, babysit, etc. She was beloved by the many families that came to think of her as an “honorary grandma.” She was remembered as a good Christian role model.
She is survived by her nephew, Robert Mavrin, his wife, Pam, their three children, Nicholas, Joseph and Maria; her sister-in-law, Mary Ann; and many of her late husband’s nieces and nephews, to whom she was close.
Her brother, George Mavrin, and another nephew, Michael Mavrin, died before her.
A memorial Mass will be held at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church at 2 p.m. today and a Mass of Christian burial will be held in South Bend, Ind., at Saint Pius X Catholic Church. She will be intered next to her husband at Highlands Riverside Cemetery.Aug. 2
Jani Barbati of Litchfield Country Club, who was a director, writer and actor in the theater, died July 27 at her home. She was 81.
She was born in Arkansas, the daughter of R.Q. and Ruby Simmons. She and her late husband, Lt. Col. Patrick A. Barbati, a retired Air Force officer, retired to Pawleys Island in 1984. They were charter members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Barbati directed countless young people in theater. She was an accomplished poet and playwright and performed in community theater.
In 2003, following the death of her husband of 39 years, she performed with the Swamp Fox Players as the title character in a production of the comedy “Move Over, Mrs. Markham.” Her daugher, who was also in the cast, encouraged her to try out. She said in an interview before the opening, “I haven’t done this in a long time. But it’s like riding a bicycle, you just get back on and ride. It’s a nice feeling to be applauded for what you love to do.”
She is survived by her sons, Robert P. Barbati (Joyce) of Mount Pleasant and Michael P Barbati of Hickory, N.C.; a daughter, Traci A. Hessler of Pawleys Island; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her brothers, R.Q. Simmons (Sharyn) of Pinehurst, N.C., and B.J. Simmons of Pawleys Island; and her dear friend Bob Keller of Pawleys Island.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Burial with be at Pawleys Island Presbyterian.
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Marjorie Priscilla Davis Holmes of Pawleys Island died Tuesday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 92.
She was born in Buffalo Springs, Va., the daughter of Eugene Lee and Frances Susan Ladd Davis. She graduated from nearby Clarksville High School and attended business classes in South Boston, Va. She worked as a secretary at the Buffalo Springs Hotel and as a lab assistant at Clemson College before devoting herself to a calling as wife, mother and homemaker.
She was married to Walter Garth Holmes, who died in June. She lived most of her days in her husband’s native South Carolina, and the last 42 years at Pawleys. She could play piano by ear; was meticulous at handcrafts; kept a clean, tidy and orderly house; and always took care to prepare appetizing, delicious and nutritious meals for her family table. Almost to the end she was as feisty as she was petite. Those who knew her will miss her strength and her verve.
She is survived by her daughter, Patsy Holmes of Pawleys Island; her granddaughter, Stokes Holmes of Savannah; and several nephews and nieces.
Her brother E.L.; and her sisters, Blanche, Florry, Annie, Frances and Jean, died before her, as did her sons, Walter Garth Jr. in 1978 and Michael Davis in 2003.
A burial service will be held at noon Monday in the All Saints Church cemetery, led by the Most Rev. M. Bruno.
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Ruth Jones Ketner Hope of DeBordieu died Sunday at Bishop Gadsden in Charleston. She was 91.
She was born Oct. 3, 1926, to Charles and Pearl Jones in Faith, N.C., where they ran a small general store.
Although, over the years, Mrs. Hope volunteered and served on several boards and was active in her church, she was remembered for her spirit of fun, her love of all God’s creatures – two and four legged – her humor, feistiness and pizazz, her family said. Elegant, smart, kind and stunningly beautiful her entire life, she was one-of-a- kind. She never met a stranger, hated to miss out on anything interesting or fun and stirred up some mischief if things got too dull.
She married Stuart C. Hope in their church home, All Saints Episcopal. They shared a love of boating, fishing, clamming, crabbing, travel, but mostly of one another. They had two late-in-life “children,” their Yorkie-Shoo’s, Christie and Ruthie.
They were married for 32 years before his death in 2012.
She is survived by her children, Linda Ketner (Beth Huntley) of Charleston and Robert Ketner (Leslie) of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Rob (Rebecca), Andrew (fiancée Jessica Jensen,) Margaux and Madeline Ketner; step-children Marion Hope (Judy), Stuart Hope (Heidi-Darr), Mena Gardiner (David); brother, Wayne Jones (Claudette); and many other relatives and friends.
Her sister Ruby Boggs (Raymond) died before her.
Ruth’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her house manager and best friend of 32 years, Francenia Cox Williams, and to her caretaking staff who were so kind, professional and loving.
Funeral services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, conducted by the Rev. Robert L. Grafe. A reception will follow at the DeBordieu Club.
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Memorials to Mrs. Hope may be made as follows: take two things off of your “to do” list and go look at the marsh; toast her with your favorite cocktail; help out an animal shelter; stay out in the boat a little longer and catch another big one; visit a friend who has gotten older and probably misses you.
Harold E. Schwartz of Pawleys Island, who turned his experiences in military intelligence into a novel, died Saturday at his home. He was 81.
He was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Harold and Beatrice Thatch Schwartz. Known as Hal, he attended the Lycée Yersin in Da Lat, Vietnam, and graduated from Ojai Preparatory School in California. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration at University of Maryland.
A graduate of the Army Language School, in Monterey, Calif., he was assigned to the 513th Military Intelligence in Berlin, Germany, where he served as a Russian and French interpreter. Mr. Schwartz was involved in the 1961 faceoff between U.S. and Russian tanks in Berlin at Friedrichstrasse crossing, known as Checkpoint Charlie.
He also participated in the exchange of Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 spy play pilot, for the Russian spy Rudolf Abel on the Glienicke Bridge in 1962.
He was later transferred to allied staff in the British sector. His novel “Outpost Berlin” was based on his experiences.
Briefly stationed at Ft. Belvoir, Va., he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces in Nha Trang, Vietnam, where he was wounded on Dec. 31, 1965. He returned to civilian life in 1966.
He was an administrator and professor at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Upon retirement he moved to Pawleys Island.
Mr. Schwartz was an avid chess player, tennis player, reader and traveler. He was an active member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Christine; three sons, Karl of Atlanta, Kevin of Pine Beach, N.J., and Eric of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Aimee (Lee); three grandchildren, Michael, Katie and Kayli; and a brother, Donald, of Chicago.
Another brother, James, died before him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Precious Blood Catholic Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Family will receive friends an hour before the service in the church narthax.
Innurment will be in the church columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen or Food for the Poor.Deborah Seward of Pawleys Island died Tuesday with her husband by her side.
She left behind her medical suffering and joined the Lord, Robert Seward said.
She is survived by a brother and sister in Pittsburgh. Her parents and two brothers died before her.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Goldfinch Funeral Home in Pawleys Island. No other arrangements have been made yet.
Please keep Debbie in your thoughts and prayers, her husband said.July 26
Howard Pressley Mabry Jr. of Pawleys Island died July 19. He was 79.
He was born in Greenwood, a son of Howard and Louise Mabry. Known as Press, he was a 1957 graduate of Greenwood High School. He attended Georgia Tech and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1962.
Mr. Mabry worked in real estate for over 30 years and was currently with Heritage Real Estate.
He attended Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church where he was a member of the choir, played chimes, and was on the financial committee. He was also an avid golfer and loved to read.
He is survived by his wife Roberta “Bobbie” Neil Mabry; his niece, Jamie Spann Amsler; his nephew, Jay Spann; his brother-in- law, Paul Neil Jr.; and two special cousins, Mima Tisdale Laney, and Angelle Tisdale Horton.
His sister, Jane Mabry Spann, died before him.
A memorial service was held Monday at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church.
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Pierre Jacques Maitre of Pawleys Retreat died July 18 at NCH Healthcare in Garden City. He was 79.
He was born Dec. 11, 1938, in Algeria, a son of Leon Maitre and Anne Marie Sy Maitre. He was a veteran of the French Army and a retired software consultant.
Mr. Maitre was a devoted member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church where he volunteered at Father Pat’s Kitchen and participated in the Carmelite Prayer Group.
His greatest joy outside of church was spending time with his family. He was most fulfilled taking care of his wife, children and grandchildren. Every day, he and his wife Monique walked on the beach at sunset; it was their little piece of “heaven on earth.”
He was remembered as an amazing husband, father, and grandfather who dedicated his life to serving others and giving endlessly of himself to his family.
In addition to his wife of 56 years, Monique Julienne Lagae Maitre, he is survived by three sons, Philippe Maitre of Delaware, Patrick Maitre (Wendy) of Salt Lake City, Andre Maitre (Oxana) of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Chantal Combs (Frank) of Murrells Inlet, Michelle Steffen (Scott) of Pawleys Island; 10 grandchildren, Heather and Ashley Combs of Murrells Inlet, Julienne, Liam, Sean, and Colin Steffen of Pawleys Island, Aleksei and Sofia Maitre of Pennsylvania, Sam and Leo Maitre of Salt Lake City; a sister, Elisabeth Vila of France; and two brothers Alain Maitre and Bernard Maitre of France.
Three other brothers, Jean, Jacques and Francois, died before him.
A funeral mass was held Monday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.
Memorials made be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD 20814.
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Helen Riley Hunt II Yates of Greenville, a long-time North Litchfield property owner, died Sunday at her home. She was 79.
She was a daughter of the H. Grice Hunt and Helen Riley Hunt Hammett. Known as Honey, she was a graduate of Greenville High School, Class of 1957. She also earned her associate’s degree from Mount Vernon College and Seminary for Women in Washington, D.C. Prior to her retirement, she was a sales associate at the exclusive women’s shop, Jean West.
Mrs. Yates was a property owner at North Litchfield Beach for 52 years.
She is survived by her husband, Doyle R. Yates; two daughters, Wendy Andrea Floyd (S. Micheal Pardue III) and Whitney Floyd Villalobos (Charles); brother, Julian G. Hunt (Jean); and two granddaughters, Kira Miranda Pardue and Charlie Riley Floyd.
Another daughter, Wesley A. Floyd; her stepfather, James D. Hammett; and two stepsisters, Mary Ann Lyons and Elizabeth Ardreas, died before her.
Funeral services were Wednesday at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Greenville.
Memorials may be made to the Greenville YMCA Foundation, 723 Cleveland St., Greenville, SC 29601, or Caris Healthcare, 111 Smith Hines Rd., Suite D, Greenville, SC 29607.
Condolences may be sent at a>.July 19
Rebecca W. Grim of Heritage Plantation died July 10 after a long battle with dementia. She was 86.
She was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Lynchburg, Va., the daughter of Maggie and Kermit White.
Mrs. Grim was employed as executive secretary for two nonprofits: Distributive Education Clubs of America and National Association of Educational Office Personnel. She retiried in 1991 and retired to Pawleys Island with her husband for the good life. She was an avid golfer and bridge player and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the Lowcountry.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John H. “Buck” Grim; two sons, James David of Myrtle Beach and Frederick Kevin of Alexandria, Va.; one daughter, Debra Clair Oliveri of Stafford, Va.; five grandchildren, Abbie Boyd Achatz, Rachel Clair Sherman, Jonathan Grim, Bobby Oliveri and Kelli Ann Grim; and eight great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Isabelle Achatz, Madison, Hayleigh, Aiden and Bristol Sherman, and Tinley and Shepard Oliveri.
Five step-brothers, Keith, Joe, Jim, Melvin and David, and her eldest son, John III, died before her.
Inurnment was Wednesday at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. A memorial service followed in the church.
Memorials be made to the charity of your choice.July 12
Wayne John Tweedy of Pawleys Island died June 30 at his home. He was 55.
He was born Sept. 25, 1962, in Long Island, N.Y., the son of George W. and Katherine A. Tweedy.
Mr. Tweedy was very mechanically inclined and was a carpenter who loved to work with his hands. In his free time, he loved the outdoors and going fishing.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Teresa Sing Tweedy; their son, Wayne William Tweedy; his brothers, George Tweedy III and Erik Tweedy; his sisters, Kathy Tweedy and Cheryl Tweedy; his nieces and nephews, Brian Tweedy, Justine Hewitt, Jason Maccaron, Jillian Maccaron, Stephanie Rivera, Necole BonaDonna, Kyle Rivera, Josh Rivera, Megan Rivera and Aurora Tweedy; and an extended family.
A celebration of his life was held Sunday.
There is a guest book at .June 28
Lily Leslie Atkinson, the infant daughter of Olivia Bratcher Atkinson and Michael Daniel Atkinson of Murrells Inlet, died Friday shortly after birth at Waccamaw Community Hospital.
Although Lily did not spend much time with us, she was very loved and touched many lives, her family said.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Rusty and Karen Bratcher of Georgetown; paternal grandparents, Mike and Debbie Atkinson of Myrtle Beach; maternal great-grandmothers, Betty Schroeder and Alberta Bratcher, both of Georgetown; paternal great-grandmother, Patsy Piner of Highpoint, N.C.; three uncles, Russ Bratcher of Mount Pleasant, Steve Oxendine of Asheville, N.C., and Ricky Atkinson of Myrtle Beach; three aunts, Laura Gore of Myrtle Beach, Beth Rhems of Myrtle Beach and Vicki Atkinson of Myrtle Beach; and numerous other family members.
Her maternal great-grandfathers, Forrest W. Leasure and Russell L. Bratcher, and paternal great grandparents, Norma and Ray Atkinson and Cliff Piner, died before her.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Screven Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary. They invited everyone to wear bright and vibrant colors to help celebrate the life of this beautiful baby girl.
The Atkinsons also thanked all of their family and friends who have supported them with their love and generosity throughout this tragic and difficult time.
Condolences may be left at .
Paul W. Choi of Pawleys Island, a retired banker, died Saturday at his home surrounded by his family. He was 84.
He was born in Korea, the son of Ki Bok Choi and Kae Wham Lee Choi. A 1960 graduate of Seton Hall University, he was a 1984 Hall of Fame tennis player, the first ever from Seton Hall.
Mr. Choi worked his way through the banking industry from teller to executive vice president, which is the position he held at the time of his retirement with PNC Bank. Following his retirement he opened his own stock exchange company, PWC Investment Co.
He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sook Chong Choi; a son, William Augustine Choi of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Mary Anne Choi Huss (Michael) of Dallas; his grandchildren, Chelsea Huss and Eric Huss; a brother, Ernie Choi (Monica) of Bonita, Calif.; and his sisters, Sook Ja Choi, Young Ja Choi, Theresa Choi and Serena Choi Bae, all of New Jersey.
Another son, James Paul Choi, died before him.
A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at Burroughs Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Condolences may be sent at .
James J. Makar of Willbrook Plantation died Saturday at his home. He was 73.
He was born in Rahway, N.J., a son of James and Florence Makar. He graduated from Rahway High School where he was a varsity wrestler. He served as a staff sergeant in the Air Force, stationed in Alaska, specializing in radar repair.
Mr. Makar transitioned into computer networking sales, working most of his years for Cisco Systems. He was the president of the South Carolina and North Carolina Marty Lyons Foundation. He was also the president of the Litchfield Country Club Men’s Golf Association.
In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He developed a love of golf along the way. This led to his lifetime dream of living in South Carolina. Around that time he developed a passion for photography where he captured nature at its finest.
He he was married for 42 years to the late Gloria Makar.
His final years were spent at Willbrook Plantation with his loving companion, Diane Atherton
Survivors include sons and their families, Michael Makar of Monroe, N.J., and Jason Makar of Cream Ridge, N.J.; his sisters, Susan Christine and Lenora Gordon; and his brother, Peter Makar.
A funeral service was held Wednesday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick Stenson and the Rev. Paul MacNeil.
Donations may be made to the Marty Lyons Foundation, 354 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725.
There is a guest book at .
Kenneth Ashley Moore Jr. of Pawleys Island died June 14. He was 43.
He was born Dec. 15, 1974, in Columbia, the oldest son of Kenny and Jan Moore of Pawleys Island. Known as Kam, he grew up in Camden and graduated from Camden High School. He attended Central Carolina Technical College and studied natural resource management. He then moved to the area and attended Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
He worked for Moore’s Premium Pest Control for eight years and this past year he worked at SafeRack in Andrews. He enjoyed listening to music, Gamecock sports and spending time with family and friends. He was remembered as a kind and loving spirit.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Penn Moore (Stephanie) of Pawleys Island and Brandon Moore (Lydia) of Camden; three nieces, two nephews and a large extended family.
A private family service was held last week. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, Friends of the Kaminski House or the charity of your choice.
Thomas Whitfield Morris Jr. of Hagley Estates, who owned a construction company, died Sunday at the Medical University of S. C. Medical Center in Charleston. He was 68.
He was born July 12, 1949, a son of Thomas Whitfield Morris and Sudie Mae Howard Morris and grew up in the Warsaw Community near Andrews.
He graduated from Williamsburg High School and attended Midlands Technical College.
He married the former Mary Dell Camlin on June 8, 1974.
Mr. Morris worked as a general contractor and was the sole proprietor of T. Morris Construction Co. Tommy was a master craftsman and an avid outdoorsman. He loved cooking, golf, and Clemson football. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Georgetown.
In addition to his wife of Georgetown, he is survived by a son, Dr. Thomas Whitfield “Whit” Morris III (Allison) of Little Rock, Ark.; a daughter, Brooke Morris Marion (Frankie) of Columbia; two brothers, Kenneth “Chris” Morris (Helen) and Randall Morris, both of Andrews; a brother-in-law, Arthur Smith of Andrews; and grandchildren, Frankie and Gabriel Marion and Whit Morris IV, Samuel and Evelyn Rose.
In addition to his parents, a sister, Linda Morris Smith, died before him.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Ted A. Sherrill. Burial was in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.
There is a guestbook at .
Memorials may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001.
Helen F. Otto of Pawleys Island died June 19 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 64.
She was born Aug. 24, 1953, in Long Island, N.Y., the daughter of George Hayman and Helen Wright Hayman.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Henry James Otto; four sons, James Otto (Jessica) of Conway, Keith Otto (Danielle) of Murrells Inlet; Rich Otto (Roxanne) of Myrtle Beach and Jason Otto (Felicia) of Staten Island, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren, Tyler, Michael, Brianna, Brayden, Kylee, Alyssa, Samantha, Austin, Arielle and Layla, who is on the way.
Funeral services were Saturday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105; or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Condolences may be sent at .June 21
John J. Cox of Pawleys Island, 74, died Tuesday at his home surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness. He was 74.
He was born Nov. 2, 1943, the son of Jasper J. and Retha W. Cox. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Robinson.
Mr. Cox worked at Georgetown Steel for 30 years before retiring. He was member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church and an avid collector of western and Native-American memorabilia. He loved a good western and a good book. Roy Rogers and Trigger were two of his favorites. Up until the end, he said he should have been a cowboy.
He played golf and enjoyed fishing, but mostly lived to aggravate anyone and everyone, his family said. His excuse was if he didn’t aggravate you, he didn’t like you. He must have liked a lot of people, they said. His daughters-in-law joked that they never worried about their mother-in-law, it was their father-in-law who was the most trouble.
Mr. Cox had a German shepherd, Heidi, who was a loyal companion, but the important thing to him was his family and his most important title was that of a “G-Daddy.”
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann Player Cox; two sons, Jeff and Robbie; four grandchildren, Logan, Trace, Taylor and Christopher; his daughters-in-law, Dana and Kelly; his sisters, Dale Presutti and Ernestine Bauer (Butch); several nieces and nephews, a large extended family and many supportive friends.
Two granddaughters, Allyson E. and Ashlynn E. Cox, his brother, Larry Cox, two sisters, Libby Cox and Dorothy Carn, a niece, Kelly Makley and a great-nephew, Elijah Cox, died before him.
His family also acknowledged the care and support received from Devon Cox and Mona at Embrace Hospice.
A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice, 175 Village Center Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29579, or All 4 Paws, 708 Petigu Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Condolences may be sent at .
Lee Piepenbring of DeBordieu, an accountant who volunteered with community groups, died Monday. She was 60.
She was born Sept. 24, 1957 in Columbia, the daughter of Madeleine Elizabeth Jennings Caughman and James Bankston Caughman. She was a 1978 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she was a member of the Tri-Delta sorority. After earning her degree in accounting and becoming a certified public accountant, she worked for many years at an accounting firm in Pawleys Island.
Mrs. Piepenbring was a devoted member of her community, generously volunteering her time and talents with Miss Ruby’s Kids, Georgetown Presbyterian Church and the Debordieu Community Association. She loved to sing, and for years was a member of the choir at Georgetown Presbyterian, as well as the Indigo Choral Society.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Dr. Michael Eugene Piepenbring; her sons, William Russell Piepenbring and Matthew Corbin Piepenbring; her sisters, Madeleine Ritchie and Carlisle Harvard (Joe); and her brothers, Marvin Caughman (Rita) and Wright Caughman (Alison).
Another brother, Jack Caughman, died before her.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. A reception with the family will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the music ministry at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440, or the charity of your choice.June 14
Elijah James Eric Cox of Georgetown, a student at Andrews High School, died Monday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 15.
He was born Dec. 6, 2002, in Georgetown, a son of April Brooke Cox and Eric Von Grimmage. Elijah was a member of Graves Southern Baptist Church and was a rising sophomore at Andrews High School where he was a member of the junior varsity baseball team and football team. He was also a member of the Andrews American Legion baseball team. Elijah aspired to play college football for Clemson and could easily be considered their No. 1 fan.
Along with football and baseball, Elijah had a great love for surfing. He was a member of the Surf Dreams Foundation Surf Team, Village Surf Shop Surf Team and the Endless Summer Surf Team. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Above all else, Elijah was a loving brother and friend and had a smile that would light up a room, his family said.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Amya Grace Lance of Georgetown; a brother, Cameron Paul Cox of Georgetown; his grandparents, Ginger McCants Haithcock of Georgetown, Butch and Ernestine Bauer of Andrews; a special aunt, Tammy McCants Weaver of Andrews; an aunt, Amber Pomranky (Anthony) of Summerville and their children, Ashlyn Pomranky and Ashton Pomranky; an uncle, Homer Haithcock II (Rebekkah) of Summerville and their children, Christian Haithcock and Bella Haithcock; two great-great aunts, Brenda McCants Gordon (S.M.) of Georgetown and Dale Cox Presutti of Summerville; one great uncle, John Cox (Ann) of Pawleys Island; cousins, Tommy and Kim Gordon of Pawleys Island and their children, Katie Gordon and Luke Gordon; and many other family members and friends.
His grandfather, Homer Haithcock, an uncle, David Weaver, a great-great grandfather, Thomas Lavern McCants, and his great-great grandparents, Katie and Paul McCants, died before him.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today in the the Andrews High School auditorium by the Rev. Chris Giles. Entombment will be private. The family will receive friends in the auditorium from 2 p.m.
Memorials maybe made to Graves Southern Baptist Church, 44 Vine Court, Georgetown, SC 29440; or to the Village Surf Shop, 500 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, SC 29576, to help young surfers travel to Puerto Rico to surf.
Condolences may be sent at .
Doris E. Lanier of Willbrook Plantation died June 3. She was 94.
She married her childhood sweetheart, Colan R. Lanier, an Air Force pilot who retired after 31 years as a lieutenant colonel. As an Air Force wife, Mrs. Lanier traveled extensively, making lifelong friends along the way. She was an avid golfer, a bridge player, a gardener and, from childhood, had a love of reading.
Her husband died in 2006. They were married 64 years.
She is survived by her children, Colan R. Lanier Jr. of Edgewater, Md., John C. Lanier of Texarkana, Texas, and Nancy L Stroud of Williamston, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Services were held Saturday at Baker McCullough Funeral Home in Savannah, Ga.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Fund at .June 7
Carl Edward Altland of Murrells Inlet died May 30 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was 78.
He was born July 6, 1939, in Columbia, Pa., the son of Charles Jacob and Laura May Meshey. He served in the Marine Corps. He was an active member of Christ the King Waccamaw Church.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bougher Altland; his son, Carl E. Altland Jr. (Jill) of Williamston; his brothers, Rodney Altland (Theresa) of Richmond, Va., and Chuck Altland Jr. of Columbia, Pa.; his sister, Nadine Beaverson of Columbia, S.C.; his grandson, Josh W. Altland of Easley; and several nieces and nephews, a large extended family and many supportive friends and neighbors.
His sisters, Shirley Yohe and Dorothy May Altland, and his brother, Gerald Altland, died before him.
A celebration of his life was held on Monday at Burroughs Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 807 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
There is a guest book at .
Walter Garth Holmes of Pawleys Island, who made a career in the textile industry, died Saturday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 93.
He was born in Clover, the son of Walter Edward and Martha Jane Maxwell Holmes. He served as a Marine in the Pacific theater during World War II. As a 21-year-old corporal in September 1945, he was part of a company of Marines on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed the documents of surrender that ended the war.
He graduated from Clemson College in 1952 with a degree in textile engineering. He worked for Dan River Mills in Virginia, Burlington Industries in Virginia and North Carolina, and Springs Mills and Deering-Milliken in South Carolina. Later he operated his own cut-and-sew plant, Abouris, in Marion. He also worked in real estate at the beach and at the time of his death operated Creekside Mobile Home Park in North Myrtle Beach.
He enjoyed golf, his dog and eating out. He attended All Saints Church.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie Priscilla Davis Holmes and daughter Patsy Holmes, both of Pawleys Island; his granddaughter Stokes Holmes of Savannah; two sisters, Carol Grubbs of Simpsonville and Lou Mouchet of Charlotte; and numerous nephews and nieces.
His sons, Walter Garth Jr. and Michael Davis, and his brothers, Max, Maurice, Lowry and Joe, died before him.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Mayer Funeral Home in Georgetown, followed by interment at All Saints cemetery conducted by the Rev. Patrick J. Stenson and the Rev. Robert L. Grafe Jr.
Paul Avery Noble of Pawleys Plantation died May 27 in the loving arms of his wife Joan surrounded by family.
After serving as a Navy corpsman in the Korean War, Mr. Noble had a successful career as a medical sales executive. He loved golf, music, a good strong drink and, most of all, “porch time” with his family.
He is survived by a brother, George; sons, Paul W., James and Michael; five grandchildren; grand-nieces and nephews; and his “Three J’s,” Judy, Jane, and his wife, his rock, Joan.
A memorial service was held May 29 at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.
Memorials may be made to the Smith Medical Clinic, 116 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585. There is a guest book at .
Virginia Elliott Reitano of Heritage Plantation, a former school librarian who was active in church and community work, died May 26. She was 82.
She was born April 27, 1936, in the Bronx, N.Y. She lived her life with the same intelligence and grace shown to her by her extraordinary parents, Paul and Katherine Alfieri. Paul was a combat intelligence officer during World War II in Italy, and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his outstanding service and successful reconnaissance missions. Virginia and her brother Paul lived with their parents during this time in Genoa while she also attended boarding school at Marymount in Rome. Her mother Katherine was her husband’s equally formidable partner, an educated woman defying odds to secure work for herself at a time when women weren’t allowed to work.
Virginia studied at Aquinas High School in the Bronx, where she was valedictorian, Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., and Hunter College in New York where she graduated in 1957.
A tireless worker and deeply spiritual person, Mrs. Reitano’s charity knew no boundaries. For decades, she devoted her time, energy and empathy in works that served her family, community and church. She worked for 18 years as a school librarian. She volunteered at Birthright in Georgetown and was an active parishioner at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Never one to be idle, Mrs. Reitano was an active member at Heritage Plantation where she loved playing bridge with friends, read voraciously and solved crosswords masterfully. Her calm composure, sharp wit and unlimited knowledge was a peaceful presence in everyone’s lives, her family said.
A perpetual teacher and scholar, Mrs. Reitano wrote often to her family and friends, sharing with them thoughts, articles, quotes and passages that might brighten their day or lift them up. She wrote recently in her own diary, “The past is memory and the future is a dream. All we truly possess is the moment. That should be our passion, our obsession and our treasure.”
Virginia is survived by her husband of 60 years, Arthur, with whom she shared a full, vibrant life and family. Their adventures and residences spanned from the Bronx to Brewster, N.Y., Roswell, Ga., St. Petersburg, Fl., Cary, Ill., and Pawleys Island. She is also survived by her children, Arthur Reitano Jr. of Chicago, Mary Jacobellis (Jim) of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Suzanne Burchill (Mark) of Southport, Conn., Paul Reitano and his partner Cheryl Christie of Georgetown and John Reitano (Melissa) of San Rafael, Calif.; and by her grandchildren, Kathryn and Josee Jacobellis, Blake and Graham Burchill, and Lucy and George Reitano.
In addition to her brother, her grandson Jack Dunn Reitano died before her.
A celebration of her life will be held Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Birthright of Georgetown, P.O. Box 3455, Pawley’s Island, SC 29585.
There is a guestbook at .May 31
They tried to keep it quiet, but there wasn’t much, if anything, that happened on Pawleys Island that Linwood Altman didn’t know about.
And it isn’t easy to rename a street.
“There are certain people who deserve something like that, and Linwood Altman is one of them,” Mayor Jimmy Braswell said.
Town Council approved the idea. A concurrent resolution made its way through the legislature. A ceremony was planned.
One of Altman’s granddaughters served as a page this session. She was there when the resolution passed and got a copy, had it framed and gave it to him. He didn’t go looking for such honors. But he was pleased, his family said. The road he travelled all his life, that would eventually lead from his home to his business, the North Causeway to Pawleys Island, will be named the Linwood Altman Causeway.
The ceremony will go forward Saturday, a week and a day after Altman died at his beachfront home at age 93.Full obituary continues . May 24
Michael John Budzinski died Sunday at his brother’s home in DeBordieu. He was 75.
He was born Dec. 9, 1942, in New York City, a son of Michael Budzinski and Rosalie Burghardt Budzinski. Mr. Budzinski lived life to the fullest spending 35 years in the gaming industry of Las Vegas, which led to his love and appreciation for poker.
He is survived by his brother, Stanley Budzinski and his wife Carol of Georgetown.
Services will be private.
Condolences may be sent at .
Jeanne Turner Clemons of Arlington, Texas, a long-time North Litchfield summer resident, died May 12 surrounded by her family. She was 88.
Jeanne graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1951, where she was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and chosen as their representative for Miss Garnet and Black. On Dec. 22, 1953, she married John Tobey Clemons. They enjoyed 53 loving years of marriage until his death in 2006. Jeanne and Tobey, through his long career with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, were able to make many wonderful memories. Their home on North Litchfield Beach being the most cherished one that they shared with many.
She is survived by her daughters, Marti Hamilton (Dike) of Olney, Texas, and Beth Hall (Britt) of Arlington; her grandchildren, Parker Hamilton (Kim), Paige Hamilton Cooper, (Wes) Cooper, all of Fort Worth, Texas, Turner Hall and Elise Hall of Arlington; and her great-grandson, John Anders Hamilton of Fort Worth.
Another daughter, Elise Dale Clemons, died in 1959.
A memorial service will be held June 2 at 11 a.m. at The Abbey at Pawleys Island.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey, 46 Gathering Lane, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Betty Lou Schaberg Schuck of Pawleys Island died May 15, 2018 at her home. She was 98.
She was born July 21, 1919 in Detroit, the daughter of Otto Frank Schaberg and Nell Maud Darr Schaberg. She was married to the late Ben A. Schuck.
She is survived by her four children, Dede Kary of Santa Paula, Calif., Ben “Bunky” Schuck of Ventura, Calif., Georgina “Gigi” Jordan of Pawleys Island and Andrew Schuck of Arroyo, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren, Stewart Kary of Los Angeles, Matthew Harvey of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Mari Nab of Camarille, Calif., Sarah Schuck of Erie, Colo., Tracy Crites of Boise, Idaho, Mathew Jordan, Rebecca Chavez, Ben Jordan, all of San Jose, Calif., Michael Jordan of Brentwood, Calif., Jared Miller of Ventura and Evan Miller of Orangevale, Calif.
A celebration of her life was held May 24 at the old All Saints Church.
Memorials may be made to Tidelands Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
Condolences may be sent at .May 17
Emily Barrineau Blount of Georgetown died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 84.
She was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Andrews, a daughter of Gilbert William Barrineau and Ruth Ethel Terry Barrineau. She grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Winyah High School. Mrs. Blount worked in the accounting department of International Paper Co. She retired after 44 years.
She was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a founding member of the Ribbon Club and a member of the Ladies Lunch Bunch. Mrs. Blount loved to dance. She had a great sense of humor, and was very outgoing and spunky, her family said.
She was married to the late John Cannon Blount.
In addition to her husband and parents, three sisters, Pearl Talbot, Patsy Avant and Nell Kennedy, died before her.
She is survived by three daughters, Suzanne Perritt (John) of Surfside Beach and Jackie Walters (Sam) and Barbara Sossamon, both of Georgetown; and four grandchildren, Lindsey Downing Walters (Kirk Battle) and Dr. Laura Emily Walters, both of Pawleys Island, Sarah Allyson Perritt of Surfside Beach and John Grayson Sossamon of Georgetown.
Funeral services were Saturday at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the church music program, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
William Barry McCall of Pawleys Island, who served for 21 years as magistrate’s court judge, died May 9 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 75.
He was born Dec. 29, 1942 in Salisbury, N.C., the son of William Dewey McCall and Majorie Keistler McCall. His family moved to Pawleys Island when he was 14. He graduated from Winyah High School.
He worked for Georgetown County Water and Sewer District and started his own business selling water purification systems.
Judge McCall was one of 12 candidates to replace Nathan Brown when he retired as magistrate in 1986. He said he only applied for the job after trying to find other candidates. His home at the corner of Waverly and Kings River roads was once the office of another magistrate, Henry Deer. After his nomination by state Sen. Bill Doar, he read every law book he could find, he recalled in a 2007 interview.
Judge McCall set up his office in the Pawleys Island Senior Citizens Center at Parkersville, where his mother was the manager. He was the first magistrate in the county to have a computer – one he brought from home. He also earned a two-year degree in computer science from Georgia Tech.
“There are no friends in my courtroom,” Judge McCall would say. But he strove to provide dignity and compassion. It wasn’t always easy. He recalled one incident where he had to stop a woman who attacked her sister in the courtroom. In another, he learned that a defendant had paid his fine with money raised by burglarizing four homes, including the judge’s.
“I don’t care who it is, from the sorriest, poorest person to the richest person on Waccamaw Neck. I’m going to be fair,” Judge McCall said after being nominated. That was something that people remembered two decades later at a retirement party. “He had this notion to protect the citizens of Pawleys Island, regardless of who didn’t like him or what he did,” attorney Bob Moran said.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Buck McCall; a son, Patrick Shawn McCall and his wife Sheila of Murrells Inlet; a daughter, Kristina McCall Blizzard and husband Kenneth of Kinston, N.C.; his sisters, Tonda McCall Coutu and husband Danny of Salisbury, Terry McCall of Pawleys Island and Tami McCall McCann and husband Francis of Charleston; a brother, William D. McCall Jr. and wife Robin of Pawleys Island; a grandson, William Hayden Blizzard of Kinston; and his pets, Maggie Mae and Magic.
Another son, Jonathan Matthew McCall, died before him.
A memorial service was held Saturday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
The family sends a special thank you to Hollings Cancer Center, Health Care Team of MUSC.May 10
Medreth Caroline Bach Bingham of Pawleys Island died April 30. She was 96.
She was born Sept. 19, 1921 in Pherson, Ohio, the daughter of George Pherson and Grace Pontious Bach. Her great-grandfather founded Pherson, building a church, a store and the family home. She was raised in Circleville in the home known as the Keffer-Long-Bach-Higgins house on Main Street. She married George Reed Bingham on July 19, 1942, in Circleville. Mr. Bingham, who was known as Reed, was a Navy lieutenant who served in a bomb disposal unit and they travelled to many locations.
After World War II, Mr. Bingham began his 32-year career at Armco Steel in Middletown, Ohio. Mrs. Bingham, who was known as Meddy, became a homemaker. They were members of First United Methodist Church, Forest Hills Country Club, Middletown Tennis Club, Friends of the Library and sports car clubs.
The Binghams loved antiquing and found treasures for their home. Meddy’s love of stitchery and Reed’s framing combined to grace their walls.
Mrs. Bingham joined the Middletown Hospital Auxiliary in 1956 as a volunteer, served on many committees for the Follies and chaired Telecare. She logged over 10,000 hours of volunteer service. She loved to play bridge and had a great group of “girls.” She also traveled to Hilton Head, Colonial Williamsburg and to see family and friends around the country.
She is survived by two nieces, Jill Bach and Holly Bach Poteet (David) of Pawleys Island, and many other nieces and nephews.
Along with her husband of 66 years, her brother, Carl Mayo Bach, died before her.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at Forest Hills Cemetery in Circleville.
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Charles Judson Craddock of Wachesaw Plantation, a pilot who shared his love of flying with children, died May 2 after a brief battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 82.
He was born April 29, 1936 in Huntington, W.Va., the son of Donald Judson Craddock and Inez Mae Craddock. He was a graduate of Hurricane High School and Georgia Institute of Technology. As a chemical engineer, he co-oped with American Viscose while in college and retired from FMC Corp. after 42 years. He worked around the U.S. and in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands and Chile.
Mr. Craddock had a passion for flying since childhood. He has held a private pilot’s license since 1964. In 2016, he received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration for 50 years of safe flying. He was active with the Young Eagle Program, giving many children their first flying experience.
As a member of Wachesaw Plantation Golf Club, he has enjoyed playing golf three or four times a week and also served on different committees with the club and the property owners association. He loved God, family, flying, golf, travel, trains, reading and never met a stranger.
Mr. Craddock was an active member of Grand Strand Church of Christ, leading the song service and donating his time to project manage a building expansion as well as other activities.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sue McGhee Craddock; his children, Dr. Roger Craddock (Fran) of Memphis, Tenn., and Cheryl Craddock Childers of Hurricane, W.Va.; five granddaughters; Alisa Peters (Tyree) of Nashville, Lindsey Carte (Dennis) of Hurricane, Dr. Adrienne Childers (Andrew Kimball) of St. Louis. Dr. Sarah Moore (Nick) of Sterling, Colo., and Dr, Anne Wynn (Hank) of Memphis; his brothers, Jim Craddock of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Louis Craddock of Parkersburg, W.Va., eight great-grandchildren, Madison, Judd, Beau, Charlie, Rebecca Rose, Will, Lucy, Evie; and a host of family and friends.
A celebration of his life was held Saturday at Grand Strand Church of Christ. Another celebration will be held on Saturday at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane. Entombment will be at Valley View Memorial Park.
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Douglas Gray “Mike” Mahon III, former president of the Litchfield Co., died Monday at his home surrounded by his family. He was 75.
He was born April 5, 1943 in Shreveport, La., the son of Douglas Gray Mahon, Jr. and Bess Baker Mahon. Two months later, he and his mother moved to Calhoun Falls and lived with his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Gray Mahon for the two and a half years that his father was in Germany during World War II. After his father’s return, the family moved to Augusta, Ga. Mike graduated from Richmond Academy in 1961, where he played baseball and basketball, participated in ROTC and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.”
He started Clemson College in the fall of 1961 and was a member of Kappa Delta Chi fraternity, where he made many lifelong friends. He majored in economics and English and was a member of the first honors program. He was also active in many organizations. He graduated in May 1965 with top departmental honors in economics and won the Furman English Award.
After graduation, he moved to Atlanta and worked with AT&T for three years, at which time he attended Georgia State and received his master’s in real estate. He married Jane Davis Vehorn in December 1966.
In 1969, Mr. Mahon accepted a job with Sea Pines Co. on Hilton Head Island. Initially, he was in charge of home and villa rentals and was later named vice president of development. In 1973, he left Sea Pines to open his own real estate consulting company, Development Management, which later became the Mahon Co. His projects over the years included Harbour Town Villas, Skull Creek Marina, Hilton Head Plantation and Table Rock Golf Community. In 1980, looking for a small-town environment in which to raise their daughters, Mike and Jane moved to Clinton, where they lived until he was offered a consulting job with the Litchfield Co. in 1991.
He was eventually named president of the Litchfield Co. and served in that role until the real estate development company was dissolved in 2009. He worked on condominiums at Litchfield By the Sea, Inlet Point South and the Peninsula developments. One of his favorite projects was the The Reserve Golf Club, which he worked with Greg Norman to create.
Upon retirement, he and Jane returned to Clinton because of all of their good friends and the great sense of community. He enjoyed spending time at their vacation home in Cashiers, N.C., where he loved the beautiful mountain and lake surroundings and the many hours that he spent fishing and being with his family.
Over the years, Mr. Mahon was very involved in his church communities, including St. Andrew by the Sea United Methodist on Hilton Head Island, St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church in Clinton. He loved his golf buddies, with standing tee times every Wednesday and Sunday after church. He was an avid Clemson sports fan, especially football, having attended the 1981 National Championship game. He also loved to travel, with some of his highlights being snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and spending a month in Tuscany.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Wesley Mahon Whitener (Tripp) of Columbia and Mary Gray Mahon Hanna (Will) of Murrells Inlet; three grandchildren, Lauren Gray Whitener, Walker Jacob Whitener and Madeleine Gray Hanna; his brother, Stephen Gray Mahon, of Cleveland, Ala.; his nephews, Michael Gray Mahon (Susan) of Birmingham, Ala., and Matthew Gray Mahon of New York; his brother-in-law, Michael Robert “Mickey” (Brenda) Vehorn of Sapphire, N.C.; his sister-in-law, Ellen Vehorn Morris of Union; and nieces Laney Vehorn Robinson, Amy Croxton Crown and Mary Louise Morris.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, with a visitation today at 5:30 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall. The family will hold a private commitment.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church preschool or choir, 410 E. Carolina Ave., Box 29, Clinton, SC 29325 or Hospice of Laurens County, 1304 Springdale Dr., Clinton, SC 29325.May 3
Peter A. Ryan of Pawleys Island, a chef and restaurant owner who learned the business at the restaurant his mother opened in their home, died April 26, at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 68.
He was born March 23, 1950, in Albany, N.Y., the son of Albert and Eleonora Bove Ryan. He grew up in Rutland, Vt., and was a 1968 graduate of Rutland High School. While there, Peter was an avid skier, basketball player and track star, ranking second in the state in the 800-meters. His skill as a skier landed him a position on the Killington ski patrol during his 20s.
He earned a degree in business in 1972 from American International College in Springfield, Mass.
Peter was introduced to his life’s work as a child. “My mother opened a restaurant in the living room of our home when I was 6 and she ran it for 37 years,” he recalled in a 1998 interview. His uncle was active in Vermont politics. “He was always bringing political friends home for my mother to cook for them. Before she knew it, it was a 38-seat restaurant.”
Mr. Ryan opened his first restaurant two years after graduating from college. A year later, he opened The Dancing Fan overlooking Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine. He then opened Nicole’s in Killington.
He came to South Carolina in 1991 as a consultant for the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. He stayed on and opened his own restaurant, Bove, in Pawleys Island.
He also helped start other restaurants in the area and around the country through his firm, Restaurant Solutions.
Mr. Ryan won many restaurant competitions including the Taste of Vermont, which inspired him to start the Tastes of the Tidelands competition in 1993, bringing the president of the Culinary Institute of America as a judge. It began with a focus on local chefs and expanded to draw talent from around the state.
Mr. Ryan loved his Sunday afternoon boat outings and never missed an opportunity to give his version of a private rice fields tour on the Waccamaw River. Peter loved the game of golf, and that was enhanced through consulting projects at many of the Grand Strand’s most prestigious courses. In addition, he enjoyed traveling every year to Vermont to participate in the Rutland Country Club member-guest tournament with his best friend, Ron Delehanty.
He is survived by his two sons, Peter Bove Ryan and wife, Aubree Duplessis Ryan, of West Roxbury, Mass.; Pierson Eliot Ryan and wife, Erika Flores Ryan, of West Hollywood, Calif.; his former wife, Linda Crampton Ryan of Pawleys Island; his sister, Judy Ryan Taranovich of Proctor, Vt.; four grandsons, Ridge, Hudson, Lachlan and Leo; his sisters-in-law, Cathy and Karen Crampton, Barbara Crampton Bleckman, Sandy Crampton; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his special girl, Julia.
His brother-in-law, James Taranovich, died before him.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Chapel in Pawleys Island. Visitation at the chapel will begin at 1 p.m.
A celebration of his life will follow at Perrone’s restaurant. A memorial event will be held in Vermont at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 955, Georgetown, SC, 29442 or Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763.
His family said they were was grateful for the many caregivers, both professional and friends, who assisted him during his last difficult years.
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William Shaw Michael of the Tradition Club, a retired corporate lawyer who trained dogs for a nonprofit, died April 15. He was 82.
He was born in Athens, Ga., the son of Leroy Michael and Katherine Shaw Michael. Bill, as he preferred to be called, was a graduate of Williston Academy in Easthampton, Mass., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and majored in English. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Michael began his 50-year legal practice in Charlotte at First Union National Bank. He then served as corporate counsel at the Ervin Co., and later was a partner in the firms of Williams and Michael, and Weinstein & Sturges. He retired to Pawleys Island in 2011.
Always active, Mr. Michael loved Tar Heel basketball, tennis, hiking, politics and socializing with friends. In retirement, he trained golden retrievers for Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit devoted to helping people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained dogs free of charge. Through that charitable work, he found his treasured dog Lupe, who serendipitously failed to pass a few of the rigorous tests for becoming a service dog.
Mr. Michael was a member of the ACLU and the vestry of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Church. He was a passionate reader, with avid interests in literature, history and theology, and had a great facility for puns.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cathy; his three daughters, Helen Michael, Caroline Osborne, Dillon Grenham, and their spouses, Roy Cloud, John Osborne, and David Grenham, all of Washington, D.C.; his stepsons Jeff Phillips and Jonathan Neubauer, and their spouses, Mary and Jeannie, of Charleston; his grandchildren, Meryn, Cole, Lila, Natalie, James, Cate and Ryn; and his brother, Leroy and spouse Joanne Michael of Scottsdale, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held May 19 at 11 a.m. a.m. at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Canine Companions for Independence, 8150 Clarcona Ocoee Rd., Orlando, FL 32818 or .
Gene Thomas Zack of the River Club died Friday at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 83.
He was born in Shenadoah, Pa., and raised in New Jersey, a son of Edward and Nellie Zack.
He retired to Pawleys Island in 1991. He was an avid golfer and a member of the River Club. His greatest passion was teaching his grandchildren and all of their friends the game of golf.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Cynthia Zack; children, Brian Zack of New Jersey, Laura Ivey (David) of Lexington and Jennifer Zack of Raritan, N.J.; eight grandchildren, Brandon, Jared, Devon and Tanner (Lane), Conner and Kyle (Zack), Megan and Zachary (Dorer); two step-grandchildren, Sarah and D.J. (Ivey); and a brother, Paul Zack of Maine.
Another son, Glenn Zack, and two brothers, Edward and Gerald Zack, died before him.
A gathering of family and friends will be held May 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/Pawleys Island Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The First Tee () or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142 Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
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Lois D. Gibson of Pittsford, N.Y., a former Litchfield Country Club resident, died March 27.
She was born in Danbury, Conn., the daughter of Earl and Jesse McLean Darling. She and her late husband William E. Gibson started their family in South Bend, Ind., where he pursued his education at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Gibson went to work for IBM and they returned to the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., area before moving to Paris. They then lived for many years in New City, N.Y. From there, they retired to Pawleys Island where they became active members of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and Litchfield Country Club.
Mrs. Gibson moved to Pittsford to be near family.
She was a world traveler and avid bridge player with many friends in many places.
She is survived by her son, Dennis E. Gibson (Megan); daughter, Susan G. Lawton (Gary); grandchildren, Sean (Rachel), Patrick (Mandy) and Colleen Gibson, Jennifer Gibson, Elizabeth Cooper (Kasey), John Lawton (Kim); great-grandchildren, Dylan, William, Grace and Henry; sister, Doris Rikert (Homer); brother, Dean Darling (Suzanne); daughter-in-law, Kate Gibson; many nieces and nephews.
Another son, Kevin W. Gibson, and two brothers, Lynn and Leo Darling, died before her.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on May 19 at Precious Blood of Christ.
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Charles Edward King of Pawleys Island died Sunday at Grand Strand Regional Hospital. He was 95.
He was born in Oxford, Nova Scotia, the son of Finley and Minerva King, who were American citizens. He was raised and attended school in Lubec, Maine and also attended Boston University.
Mr. King served in the Navy as a corpsman during World War II where he received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with a bronze star. He also received a commendation for “courage and devotion to duty” during the battle for Okinawa. Honorably discharged at the end of the war in 1945, Mr. King was recalled back to active duty during the Korean War in 1952. He was assigned aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp, receiving an honorable discharge in 1955.
Mr. King had a career in sales and retired as vice president and national sales manager after 30 years with the Collier Keyworth Co., a division of Legget & Platt, manufacturer of components for the office furniture industry with facilities in Gardner, Mass., and Liberty, N.C.
He was a member of Litchfield Country Club and past president of the men’s league, a volunteer at Waccamaw Community Hospital, a member of the First Baptist Church Georgetown and a Master Mason for over 55 years.
He was married to the late Rebecca King.
He is survived by his daughters, Gloria Zander (John) of Jacksonville, Fla., Brenda Pope (Jerry) of Georgetown; son, Reginald King (Sandy) of Myrtle Beach; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Georgetown. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church building fund, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
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Helen Hefner Madden of Columbia, who started the first kitchen store at Pawleys Island, died March 28. She was 60.
She was born Nov. 8, 1957, the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Allen Madden. She grew up in Columbia and attended Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and Dreher High School. She attended Mount Vernon College and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in business. She earned a master’s degree in international business in Portuguese from the University of South Carolina School of Business.
Ms. Madden worked for Cummins in Charleston and was a licensed Realtor with Century 21. She was a recruiter with D. P. Professionals in Columbia. She was a volunteer with Friends of the Richland County Public Library for many years.
Just as her parents and grandparents, she spent much of her time at Pawleys Island. She loved to fish and was an excellent cook. She opened Pawleys Pantry in the Island Shops.
Ms. Madden enjoyed extensive travel through Europe, Japan and Brazil. She often took cooking classes. She learned to graft and propagate camellias, a hobby she learned from her grandfather, James A. Vaughan. Animal rescue was a passion for her, as evidenced by all the dogs she helped place.
She is survived by her siblings, Arthur Allen Madden Jr., Brandon Vaughan Madden and James Emmett Madden (Suzy Parrott); her niece and nephews, Kelley Vaughan Madden, Arthur Allen Madden, III, James McGregor Madden and Emmett Alexander Madden.
Graveside services will be held at All Saints Cemetery at 2 p.m. on April 15.
Memorials may be made to Miss Ruby’s Kids, P.O. Box 1007, Georgetown, SC 29442; and Friends of the Library, 1431 Assembly St. Columbia SC 29201; or Pets Inc., 300 Orchard Dr., West Columbia, SC 29170.
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Joseph Anthony Ripard of Hagley Estates, an avid boater who helped popularize kayaking in the area, died March 26 holding the hand of his wife of 73 years, Jean. He was 96.
Joe and Jean met at a USO dance in Georgetown during World War II. He served in the Coast Guard and was part of the Mounted Beach Patrol organized early in the war to counter the threat of German saboteurs. He was in charge of the unit on South Island.
He later served aboard the U.S.S. Forsyth.
After his retirement from advertising in Detroit in 1983, Mr. Ripard started Rip’s Rowing in 1986 to sell rowing shells from his home at Waterford Heights. He later moved into kayaks with Rip’s Small Boats.
He was also a gun collector and enjoyed playing the banjo. He was remembered as a man of many loves and talents.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Ron Ripard (Pat), Connie Whitlock, Mary Mitchell (Hal), Gail Stouffer (Ken), and Beth Corcoran (Gary); his grandchildren, Tony, Amy, Rebecca, Sarah, Rachel, Joseph, Jesse, Ben and Seth; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, P.O. Box 824061, Philadelphia, PA 19182-4061.
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Gainard Ernest Sisti of Heritage Plantation died Sunday at NHC of Garden City. He was 85.
He was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Rockford, Ill., the son of Louis and Mary Petrovich Sisti.
He served in the Navy from 1951 to 1956. He retired from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
After moving to Pawleys Island he became a member of Pawleys Island Community Church. In his spare time he enjoyed being out on the golf course, especially at Heritage Golf Club, where he was a long-time member.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Joyce Sisti; a son, Steven Sisti of Dixon, Calif.,; and a daughter, Sharron Sisti of Pawleys Island.
Two brothers, Lewis Sisti and Joseph Sisti; one sister, Julia Sisti Hayes; and a son, David Gainard Sisti, died before him.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on April 14 at Pawleys Island Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teach My People, 753 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or Pawleys Island Community Church Youth Missions, 10304 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
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William Littleberry “Fritz” Vinson of Pawleys Island, a retired property tax attorney, died March 28. He was 91.
He was born Jan. 9, 1927 in Greensboro, N.C., the youngest of four sons of Barnard Bee Vinson and Helen Julian Vinson. Fritz was a lifelong learner. Invited along with his mother to accompany his brother Charles during his Navy pilot training, Fritz attended five different high schools in Florida and Texas, ultimately graduating from Miami High School in 1944.
He studied political science at Davidson College and graduated in 1948. He completed his law degree at Emory University in 1952 and was a member of the Georgia bar since 1951.
Mr. Vinson was a well-regarded business man. After graduating from college, he joined the credit department at Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Atlanta. He moved into management of the tax department at Sears after completing law school and remained there until founding his own property tax consulting business, Cape and Vinson, with his friend Forrest Cape.
He continued to be a property tax consultant in Atlanta until he retired as president of Avtax, Atlanta in 1998 and moved to Pawleys Island.
Mr. Vinson studied to become a Master Gardener and volunteered at Brookgreen Gardens and with the Clemson Extension Service on their water sampling team. He was never comfortable being retired and was glad to be able to continue working as the financial director and treasurer at Georgetown Presbyterian Church up until his death.
Mr. Vinson deeply valued the friendships he enjoyed with his co-workers.
It was friends, Nancy and Kent Beals, who introduced him to two of his greatest loves: Pawleys Island and Luan Butler, the beautiful woman who would become his wife and best friend. Fritz proposed to Luan two weeks after their first blind date. He often said that one of the best things about Luan was her beautiful daughters, Nancy and Kathy. When Luan and Fritz married on Oct. 3, 1964, he became not only husband to Luan but daddy to two little girls. Over the next 16 years, two more girls, Caroline and Anna, joined the family.
Mr. Vinson’s love embraced and supported not only his wife and children, but many extended family members, friends, colleagues, and members of the wider community. When their own nest emptied, Fritz and Luan adopted a residential cottage at Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, providing for the needs of the cottage including hosting the children and their house parents for vacation time at the beach and in the mountains. They served on the board of visitors for Thornwell Home, and established a family legacy fund for cottage life.
As a man of faith, Mr. Vinson was a dedicated member and ruling elder of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and Georgetown Presbyterian Church. He taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. His wisdom and expertise were valued in the many church and presbytery committees on which he served.
He enjoyed water skiing, fishing, camping, body surfing at the beach, opera, carpentry, gardening, reading history and current events, genealogical research, playing bridge, and a good game of Scrabble. He possessed a keen intellect and a wry sense of humor. His wisdom, guidance, and integrity have shaped many lives.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his children, Nancy Seay (Dave) of Greensboro, Kathy Cates (Bill) of Greensboro, Caroline Dennis (Phillip) of Indianapolis and Anna Jones (Hunter) of Washington, D.C.; his grandchildren, Rachel and Libby Seay, Ryne Gabel, MacKenzie Cates Allen (Mark), Hayley Cates, Allyson Cates Koopman (Brian), Helen, Hannah and Jacob Dennis, Graydon and Piper Jones; and his great-grandchildren, Layleigh and Elizabeth Allen.
His brothers, Barnard Bee, Charles Julian and Paul Garrett, died before him.
Funeral services were Wednesday at Georgetown Presbyterian Church
Memorials may be made to the Vinson Family Legacy Fund for Cottage Life at Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325, or to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440.
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Lloyd Wainscott Jr. of Heritage Plantation, an engineer who became a flight instructor, died March 23. He was 83.
He was born in Covington, Ky., the son of Lloyd and Gladys Wainscott. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and attended the University of Kentucky and the Ohio College of Applied Sciences. He was an electrical engineer, working with Burton-Rogers in system designs of military tactic systems, Lockheed-Martin’s Titan missile project, the Link Co. and retired from National Systems Management Corp. where he developed programs for anti-ship weapon systems.
Mr. Wainscott’s love of flying stayed with him from his first solo flight in 1966. He was a certified flight instructor with a commercial and instrument rating. He taught ground school and flying lessons to budding pilots, always embracing the joy of flying for over 40 years.
He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Rocky Mountain Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and a member of the Hanselman Lodge 208 F&AM in Cincinnati for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Kiwanis International and St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosemary Rose Wainscott; his son, Timothy B. Wainscott (Karen); granddaughters, Molly Wainscott Jones (Dusty), Ashley Remmer (Billy) and Carolyn Johnson; his sisters, Rita Webster (John) and Joanette Lee; and his brother, Roger Wainscott.
His family thanked the staff at NHC for their care and support.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE First Street, S-800, Miami, FL 33131 ().
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Robert Wilson Braswell of Allston Plantation, a retired executive who led the expansion of First Citizens Bank in South Carolina, died Friday at the Veteran’s Victory House in Walterboro. He was 86.
He was the son of Eustace and Nora Braswell. He graduated from Concord, N.C., High School and attended Lees-McRae College. He left college to join the Navy during the Korean War, serving on the USS Hornet. In 1959, he began his banking career with First Citizens Bank of North Carolina. In 1964, he started rebuilding the Anderson Bank of Dillon coining the motto the “Can Do Bank.” That phrase and attitude epitomized his life and banking legacy.
Throughout his career, Mr. Braswell was focused on expansion and growing First Citizens in South Carolina. From 1964 to 1984, he helped grow First Citizens from 16 employees and million in assets to 700 employees and 0 million in assets. When he retired in 1992, the bank had total assets over billion. After retirement, he relocated to Pawleys Island, and became a business development consultant with The Citizens Bank.
Mr. Braswell had a passion for golf, boating, and snow skiing. He held a motorcycle and pilot’s license. And, if beach music was playing, he was on the dance floor shagging. Always ready with a big smile and a thumbs up, his favorite saying was, “it’s a wonderful thing we’re doing here today.”
He is survived by his wife, Carol Braswell; two daughters, Beth Braswell of Greenville and Lisa Castles of Aiken; his granddaughter, Alexis Aimé; and a half-sister, Edna Faggert of Charlotte.
A half-brother, Oscar Davis, died before him.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association at apdaparkinson.org.
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Donald R. Hart Jr. of Litchfield died March 19 at his home. He was 70.
He was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Huntington, W.Va., the son of Ruth Elizabeth Witten Hart and Donald R. Hart. He was a 1965 graduate of Huntington East High School. He attended Ohio State University and graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. He served in the Air Force, was stationed in Berlin and attended Culver Military Academy.
Mr. Hart and his family owned Hart Distributors, a wholesale distributorship, where he worked for many years. He was also a member of the Huntington Elks Club. He was a member of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church.
Mr. Hart was remembered for his loyalty to his many friends and his unforgettable personality. He loved life, walking on the beach and his home in Cypress Point. He is survived by his long-time companion, Sue Goff; his sisters, Mary Witten Ehlers of Euless, Texas, and Cathy Hart Price (Joe) of Charleston, W.Va.; his nephews, Jonathan Hart Price (Rachel), of Nashville and Michael Ehlers (Jennifer) of Cincinnati; and his niece, Kristin Ehlers Patton of Euless; and three great-nephews and two great-nieces.
His brother-in-law, Dennis Ehlers and his nephew, Benjamin Witten Price, died before him.
A memorial service will be held in Huntington at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231.
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Dawn Tucker Hoover, a homemaker, died Monday at the Lakes at Litchfield. She was 82.
She was born in Greensboro, N.C., the daughter of Robert Whitt Tucker and Marie Davis Tucker. She attended Greensboro Women’s College and was a long-time resident of Christiansburg, Va. In earlier years, she enjoyed tennis with her late husband John. She was an avid bridge player and took pleasure in traveling the world with her husband. She was remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen Hoover Thomas, husband Anthony and their son Blake of Chester, Va., and Susan Hoover Lowenbach, husband Matthew and their children Nina and Noah of Pawleys Island.; and a son Mark Christopher Hoover, wife Bertha and their sons, Shannon, James, Scott, Justin, Dominick, Jacob and Damien of Radford, Va.
A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church with a reception following in the Holsclaw Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice, 11943 Grandhaven Dr., Suite B, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Scholarship Fund, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
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Robert Thomas McKenna of Hagley Estates, a former NASA engineer, died Friday at his home. He was 88.
He was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Detroit, a son of Gerald Thomas McKenna and Marie L. Schultz McKenna. He grew up in Northville, Mich., and served in the Army at Fort Meade, Md. Mr. McKenna worked as an electrical engineer with NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for a number of years. After retirement, he moved to Pawleys Island.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce McKenna; two sons, Robert T. McKenna, Jr. (Melissa) of Williamsburg, Va., and John McKenna (Shannon) of Gaithersburg, Md,; a daughter, Lynn McKenna of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren, Jamie McKenna Jenkins (Jeff) of Clarksburg, Md., Erin McKenna Streyle (Chris) of Timonium, Md.; and Meghan McKenna and Matthew McKenna of Gaithersburg.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care given to Mr. McKenna.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard C. Wilson.
Memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037-1830.
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Sondra Wales Wegner of the Tradition Club died Sunday at Embrace Hospice House in Myrtle Beach. She was 81.
She was born April 12, 1936, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Albert Wales and Virginia Shelhart Wales. Known as Sandy, she was a 1953 graduate of Buchtel High School.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dieter Wegner; five children, Keith Wegner (Katy) of Denver, Scott Baker of Akron, Jille Shelhart of St. Augustine, Fla., Johanna Herndon of Myrtle Beach and Jonathan Wegner (Christa) of Akron; five grandchildren, Arcissia, Sienna, Patricia, Nathaniel and Joshua; and one great-granddaughter, Crisslyn.
The family plans a private memorial service in Akron.
Memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice Foundation at embracehospice.org or All 4 Paws animal rescue, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
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JoAnn Klinedinst of Litchfield Country Club died Monday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 80.
She was born in York, Pa., the daughter of William F. Landis and Louise R. Bupp. She graduated from York High school in 1955. She graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1960 and received her teacher certification in 1964. On Aug. 2, 1963, JoAnn married the love her life, Ray Klinedinst, at United Brethren Church in York.
Mrs. Klinedinst was an avid gardener who loved the beach and enjoyed spending hours strolling the shore shelling just as much as she enjoyed completing puzzles. She was remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Scott Klinedinst and his wife Gina, of Williamsburg, Va., and Craig Klinedinst of Wichita, Kan.; a grandson, Tyler Klinedinst of Raleigh, N.C.; her sisters, Judye Garrett and her husband Skip of York, Lynne Trone and her husband Tom of Spring Grove, Pa., and Jane Wallick and her husband Donald of State College, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, her brothers, James and William Landis, died before her.
A celebration of her life will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet.
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Frances Cuttino Dodd Reid, a former Pawleys Island area resident who directed a wide range of community theater productions, died March 3 at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. She was 86.
She was born July 2, 1931, in Sumter, the daughter of Lawrence Folsom Cuttino and Harriett Wescoat Cuttino and the step-daughter of Elinor Markey Cuttino. She was married to the late Rev. Manney Carrington Reid.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Lander University and a master’s in arts administration from the University of South Carolina. She taught in Sumter for over 25 years and was once the administrator for the gifted and talented program and the coordinator of the fine arts program for the Sumter school system.
Mrs. Reid was a woman of many talents. She taught dance and piano. She was an avid painter, and also played the harpsichord and the harp. She directed more than 40 community theater productions in Sumter and Georgetown.
“Directing a play is really a tremendous challenge. It’s an art form,” Mrs. Reid said in a 2005 interview before bringing down the curtain on her 18-year directing career with the Swamp Fox Players. “Most people think that a play just happens naturally.”
She said she learned her skills by attending workshops and held one at the Strand Theater to share what she had learned over the years. Mrs. Reid also directed Lenten performances at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.
“Fran was a paragon of precision; a taskmaster for excellence, accepting neither slipshod work nor excuses,” said Bill Oberst Jr., who worked with Mrs. Reid in several productions and went on to become a professional actor.
He likened her to “a velvet fist in an iron glove.”
“How lucky was anyone who had the chance to go to through the crucible of her direction. How she will be missed. There won’t be another like her,” he said.
Mrs. Reid was also remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.
She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Spartanburg.
She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Cuttino Dodd (Emily) of Spartanburg and Daniel Gordon Dodd (Debbie) of Dudley, N.C.; her sister, Harriet “Jeepie” Rusch of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Stephanie Sapp (Michael) of St. Simons Island, Ga., Lawrence “Lance” Dodd of Spartanburg and Joe Dodd of Cary, N.C.; one great-grandchild and her step children, Howard Reid (Melanie) of Middletown, Conn., Cary Reid (Deta) of New Haven, Conn., Ervin Reid (Maryann) of Midlothian, Va., Lisa Reid Hanner (Brad) of Marietta, Ga,; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at All Saints Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Humane Society, 150 Dexter Rd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
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Olivette G. Smith died peacefully at her home in the River Club in Pawleys Island on Jan. 3,. She was 91.
She was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., the daughter of Maurice A. and Matilda Etheridge Garr. After graduating from Winyah High School in Georgetown, she attended Winthrop College and received her nursing degree from the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston.
In 1947, Olivette married a dashing Army veteran, Charles F. Smith Jr., and they made Charleston their home. While lovingly raising their two beautiful daughters Charlene and Maureen, she continued her nursing career part-time at Roper Hospital and then at the infirmary at The Citadel.
In 2000, she and her husband moved to Pawleys Island, to be closer to their daughter Maureen.
Mrs. Smith became an entrepreneur, growing and selling zinnias at farmers markets, grocery stores and to restaurants and came to be known as Mrs. Zinnia. She attended and enjoyed the wonderful fellowship at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, especially with the lunch bunch and her circle.
She was a member of First Scots Presbyterian Church of Charleston from 1947 until her death. She served on the flower committee of both churches. She was a member of the Rebecca Mott Chapter of the DAR, the Garden Club of Charleston and the Ladies Benevolent Society.
She reigned as the ever-stylish and gracious matriarch of her extended family and filled every occasion with laughter, her family said. She insisted on preserving family traditions while ladling out heaping doses of love and affection. Devotion to family and a deep sense of gratitude were the defining qualities of her long, fulfilling life.
She is survived by her daughter, Maureen S. Hamilton (Dee); her grandchildren, Ashley W. Redmond (Mark), Charlton Wieters (Elizabeth), Forest Wieters (Justice), Richard S.W. Stoney, Jr. (Amy), David L Hamilton (Lauren), all of Charleston, and Lesslie H. Ray (Phillip) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren, John Andrew and Ellen Redmond, Elizabeth and Olivette Wieters, Hampton and Hadley Wieters, Michael, Jack, Adair and Layla Hamilton, Phillip Ray; nephew, Maurice A. Garr III (Pam) and niece Sally Garr Brodhead (Charles).
In addition to her husband, her daughter Charlene S. Wieters, and her siblings, Annelle G. Pridgen and M. Andre Garr Jr., died before her.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Scholarships for Nurses, designated for the Olivette Garr Smith Scholarship, MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee St., MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425, or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.March 8
Richard Lauren Booth of Sumter and DeBordieu, the Sumter County master in equity, died Monday at Palmetto Health Tuomey. He was 65.
He was born in Sumter, the son of Lauren Parrott and Jean Young Booth. He graduated from Thomas Sumter Academy and earned a degree in financial management from Clemson University before earning a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Since being admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1977, Judge Booth practiced law in Sumter. He began his career practicing with Lee & Moise, and Nash, Chappell & Wilson before becoming partner with Nash, Chappell, Wilson & Booth, and then Lee, Wilson, Erter & Booth. In 1986, he left to start his own firm, specializing in transactional law.
In 2006, he was appointed special referee and interim master by Chief Justice Jean Toal. He was appointed permanent master in equity by Gov. Mark Sanford in 2008.
Judge Booth was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was an active member of the Boyle Bible Class and a teacher for over 45 years, and a past chairman of the administrative board, council on ministries, board of trustees, staff-parish relations committees and several sub-committees.
He was a past board member of Sumter County Museum Foundation and Gallery of Art.
He was also the former chairman of the county Cultural Commission, the City-County Zoning Board of Appeals, Regional Juvenile Council, Greenhouse Group Home and endowment committee of the Fine Arts Council; past president and member of the Sumter Community Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble and the county Game and Fish Association; past member of board of the Sumter County United Way, Sumter Family YMCA, Salvation Army Boy’s Club, Shaw-Sumter Community Concert Association; served on the Clemson Board of Visitors, and several others.
In addition to his wife of 37 years, Gayle Robb Booth, he is survived by a daughter, Jayne Booth Shiver and her husband John Willis Shiver IV of Charleston; a son, Richard Lauren Parrott Booth and his wife Jamie Jackson Booth of Sumter; and two granddaughters, Jayne Fraser Booth Shiver and Hunter Elizabeth Booth.
Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church by Pastor Joseph James and the Rev. Angela Marshall. Burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to the church, 226 W. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150.
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Bertrand Beasely Cassels Jr. of Heritage Plantation, a retired Navy captain who served on the Georgetown County Planning Commission, died Saturday at his home with his family by his side. He was 80.
He was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Seattle, the son of Bertrand Beasley Cassels and Fern Helen Maxson Cassels.
Known as Bert, he graduated from Lakeside School in Seattle, in the class of 1956 and went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated Class of 1961, 11th Company, continuing on to the University of Washington, Seattle where he joined the Delta Epsilon Kappa fraternity and finally, graduated from the Naval War College with a master’s degree in 1973.
He served in Vietnam as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Navy in 1966-67. “My orders were to go to Vietnam for a year. I served with the hope that every step in my career would enhance my opportunity for promotion from ensign to captain, division to department head, to executive officer of a ship to commanding officer of a ship. And I did all of those,” he recalled in a 2015 interview.
He retired from a second career as defense contractor in anti-submarine warfare.
In his retirement, Mr. Cassels thought his greatest achievement was in organizing Honor Flight Myrtle Beach to fly World War II veterans to Washington for a day of honor, respect and remembrance.
He served for five years on the Georgetown County Planning Commission, where he was an advocate for managed growth and county-wide zoning.
At the time, land planning and economic development were part of the same office, something he said created a conflict of interest.
Frustrated by what he saw as lack of commitment to planning, he resigned in 2005. He remained an advocate for sound land planning and served on committees that worked on transportation and land-use issues.
He was an active member of All Saints Church for 25 years and recently The Abbey.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Georgene “GG” Cassels; his sister-in-law, JoJo Smoak (Rod McLaury) of Destin, Fla.; nieces, Linsey Evans of Destin and Julie Bowyer (Sam) of Orlando, Fla.; and many loving and supportive friends and neighbors.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at The Abbey, 46 Gathering Ln.
Memorials may be made to St. Frances Animal Center, 125 N. Ridge Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440.
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Richard Denny Latshaw of Ricefields, a retired printer, died March 1 at his home. He was 77.
He was born in Akron, Ohio, a son of Raymond Latshaw and Doris Latshaw Ronk. Mr. Latshaw, who was known as Dicky, was employed by the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper for 32 years as a printer.
He was a member of the Pawleys Island Masonic Lodge 409 for 15 years. He was also a member of Allenside Athletic Club in Akron and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia L. Latshaw; a daughter, Shelley Cymbor and her husband Gary; four grandchildren, Trisha, Tonya, Drew and Nikki; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenny Ronk; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A brother, Larry Latshaw, died before him.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pawleys Island Masonic Lodge, 75 Haunted Trail.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the lodge at P.O. Box 1592, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
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Genevieve Ann Cucciniello Merwin of the Lakes at Litchfield died Feb. 15. She was 92.
She was born in South Orange, N.J., a daughter of Vincenzo and Amelia Cucciniello. Mrs. Merwin was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She volunteered at Georgetown Memorial Hospital and St. Cyprian’s in Georgetown. She was married to the late Clifford Merwin.
She is survived by her brother, Harry Cucciniello, and a step-son, Donald Merwin. In addition to her husband, her brothers, Dominick, Ralph, Lawrence and Alphonse; two sisters, Carmelia Monica and Mary Postiglione; and step-daughter, Gayle Kellam, died before her.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the church, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. N., Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
A celebration of life service will be held March 17 at 2 p.m. at Low Country Community Church for James Lee Morrison of Murrells Inlet. He died Oct. 28, 2017 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 80.
He was born Oct. 1, 1937 in Fort Sill, Okla., the son of Harry James Morrison and Thelma Lois Elder Morrison. Mr. Morrison was a member of Low Country Community Church. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed golfing and taking walks.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Louise Sansone Morrison; a son, James Lee Morrison II and his wife, Vivian of Summerville; a sister, Juanda Kirk of Punta Gorda, Fla.; his step-daughters, Kelly Holland and her husband Mark of Charlotte Hall, Md., and Caren Drinkard and her husband Dennis of Mechanicsville, Md.; a step-son, John Michael Grubb and his wife Shelly of LaPlata, Md.; a son-in-law, Floyd Plash and wife Cherry of Ocean Springs, Miss.; and 13 grandchildren.
A daughter, Judith Ann Plash, died before him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 4430 Murrells Inlet Rd., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
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Shirley Faye Wheeler of Murrells Inlet died Feb. 20 at her home. She was 83.
She was born in Whitesville, W.Va., a daughter of Samuel and Leda Jane Wheeler.
She is survived by her daughter Victoria Justice and her husband Vernon of Murrells Inlet; her grandchildren, Raymond J. Justice, Dana C. Pepper and her husband David, and Fallon Traci Hussey and her husband Daniel; her great-grandchildren, Zoey, Evan and Zachary; a brother, Billy Edd Wheeler; and her nieces, Brenda Joyce Wheeler and Linda Marco.
A memorial service was held Wednesday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel Celebration Center.
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Patricia Ann Doherty of Pawleys Island, who was active in community theater, died Feb. 15 at her home. She was 82. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of William and Mary Doherty. She was a former resident of Red Bank, N.J. She lived in the Pawleys Island area for 10 years and attended Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church where she was a former choir member. She also volunteered at Teach My People. Ms. Doherty was a member of the Starshine performance group led by her friend Jo Ellen Langley. She was an active member of the former Murrells Inlet Community Theater where many were entertained by her Irish stand-up comedy. She was also a member of the Palmetto Players, wearing many different hats in the entertainment field. She was a classical pianist for many years. She touched everyone she met with her beautiful spirit and loving smile, but most of all her family said they remembered her sense of humor. She is survived by her sisters Peg Bruno and her husband, Frank, of Pawleys Island; her brother-in-law, Patrick Duffy; and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Her sister, Mary Daly and Agnes Duffy, and her brothers, William and Edward Doherty, died before her. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Memorials may be sent to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303; or St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. There is a guest book at .
Gwen Howle Watson of Pawleys Island, a former school librarian with an adventurous streak, died Monday.
She was born in Andrews, the daughter of Vernon W. Howle and Estelle Haselton Howle. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Limestone College and a master’s in library science. During her teaching career, she taught at Andrews High School and served as librarian at Andrews High and Waccamaw Elementary School.
Mrs. Watson was the first woman to serve on the Andrews Town Council and was mayor pro tem. In 1975, she and her husband, Monty, moved to Pawleys Island and joined the Pawleys Island Community Church, where she served in various capacities for 42 years. She referred to Pastor Don Williams and his wife Ginny as her “Pawleys Island children.” It was Rev. Williams who went skydiving with her to celebrate her 91st birthday.
Her philosophy was to live each day to the fullest, and she sought adventure. In addition to skydiving, she rode in a glider plane, rode a motorcycle to New York, and rode a camel. She enjoyed water sports and slalom skied, snorkeled, swam with dolphins, and held and fed stingrays in their own environment. In her 60s, she learned to Rollerblade and snow ski.
She is survived by her daughters, Mauriette Jordan (William) and Merideth Bennett (Richard) of Pawleys Island; her grandchildren Cory Bennett (Rachel) of Santa Clara, Calif., Lori Rinken (Chris) and Will Jordan (Lauren) of Bonneau; and five great-grandchildren, Brooke and Ruby Bennett, Jordan Williams, and Noah and Laurel Jordan.
In addition to her parents and husband, three brothers, Vernon W. Howle, J. Delbert Howle and Harry Howle, died before her.
A celebration of her life will be held in Pawleys Island Chapel on March 4 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pawleys Island Community Church, P.O. Box 777, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
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Imogene Tankersley Osteen of Georgetown, who started an annual program dedicated to a traditional form of choral signing, died Feb. 6. She was 89. She was born Oct. 24, 1928 in the River Falls community, the daughter of Posey Dill “P.D.” and Marie Price Tankersley. Known as Jean, she grew up in the mountains of River Falls and lived in Greenville County until moving to Georgetown in 2016. She graduated from Slater-Marietta High School with honors and attended Greenville Women’s College. She was a lifelong member of Gap Creek Baptist Church, where she served as pianist, Sunday school teacher, secretary and treasurer. Mrs. Osteen was an avid reader, an accomplished storyteller, gifted homemaker and loved being outdoors. She shared her time, talents and spirituality with her family, friends, church and community. She enjoyed shape-note singing, a music tradition that dates to the 18th century. She organized an annual convention at Furman University after retirement from the Furman Co. She was married for 41 years to the late David W. Osteen. She was married to the late John P. Gaston for 10 years. She is survived by her children, Vida Miller (Michael Carter) of Pawleys Island and William T. “Bill” Osteen (Linda Flinkingshelt) of Marietta; two-grandsons, William. B. “Brad” Osteen (Allison McConnell) of Easley and Cory T. Osteen of Greenville; and a great-granddaughter, Lydia J. Osteen of Easley, along with several nieces and nephews. Her brothers, Lowell H., Jim and Phil died before her. A memorial service will be held Feb. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Old Church at Gap Creek Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Old Church Fund, 388 Gap Creek Rd., Marietta, SC 29661.
Jerry Darington Parker died Sunday at the Lakes at Litchfield. It was his 87th birthday.
He was born Feb. 11, 1931, in Mobile, Ala., the son of Jewel Darington Parker and Mary Grace Morrison. He married Waldean L. Perry in September 1953. The next year he graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and he also welcomed the birth of his son, Jerry Jr.
After college, Mr. Parker enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers and worked at the Alabama Dry Docks until 1963. During this time, he and his wife welcomed the addition of their two daughters, Martha Lynn in 1956 and Catherine Elaine in 1960. He continued his career with Monsanto and Philips Fibers and began working for Standard Electric Co. in Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1973.
Mr. and Mrs. Parker retired to Marco Island, Fla. in 1990. During his retirement years, Jerry enjoyed playing golf, managing his investments and reading, but most of all he loved spending time with his wife and family including seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They moved to Hendersonville, N.C., in 2004 and to Litchfield in 2013.
In addition to his parents, a brother, James C. Parker, died before him.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Frank Holsclaw. The family will receive friends following the service at the library in the Lakes at Litchfield.
Memorials may be made to Amedysis Hospice, 137 Professional Lane, Unit B, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
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Judith Folsome Stadele of Pawleys Island, a respiratory therapist for 40 years, died Jan. 31 at her home. She was 77.
passed away in her sleep at her home in Pawleys Island, SC, on January 31, 2018, at 77 years of age. She was a gracious woman who lived a long and rich life. Her family and friends miss her terribly.
She was born Jan. 19, 1941, in Ann Arbor, Mich., the only daughter of Leah Carter and Dr. Clair E. Folsome. She had two older brothers, Dr. Clair Folsome and Carter John Folsome. After attending Hartridge School in Plainfield, N.J., and Brown University, she graduated from Brookdale Community College with a degree in respiratory therapy. A pioneering woman of the early 1970s, she practiced in this field for the next 40 years, most notably at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., as director of the Respiratory Therapy Department at Stonybrook in N.Y., at Georgetown Memorial Hospital and with Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, Wash. She was a tireless advocate for her patients, assisting in airlifts to the NICU and in transitioning patients off of ICU ventilators.
Mrs. Stadele, who was known as Judy, loved the ocean, and her passions included gardening, classical music, reading, sailing, biking, traveling and cooking. She doted on her extensive family and friends of all ages and from all walks of life. She adored her cats, adopting her last after learning it had spent many years in a cage.
SHe is survived by her four children, Lee Stadele (Megen) of Nederland, Colo.; Kurt Stadele (Sarah) of Milton, GA; Karen Stadele (Monte) of Salem, Ore., and Marjorie Bedford (Mike) of Seattle; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; her nephews, Wyn and Russell Folsome; by her many “adopted” children who considered her mom as well; and by her cats, Andi and Cinder.
A memorial service is planned for March 17 on Pawleys Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Compassion Fund, at All 4 Paws Rescue.Feb. 1
Morris Patterson Ferris of Georgetown, who grew up on South Island and Cat Island and later opened a real estate office in the city, died Jan. 25. He was 96.
He was born Nov. 15, 1921, at Greenwood Lake, N.Y., the son of Elizabeth Morris Ramsay Ferris and Van Wyck Ferris. His grandfather worked for DuPont and came to South Carolina because of the company’s turpentine interest. Pat came to Georgetown at age 9, according to an interview he gave to the S.C. Historical Society. He lived on Cat and South Island between Winyah Bay and the Santee Delta.
Mr. Ferris served in the Coast Guard in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, earned a degree in business from the University of North Carolina. He married Anne Fowler Ferris and moved to Georgetown. He opened the Ferris Real Estate Agency in downtown Georgetown. They attended Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church where Pat was a member of the vestry and an active communicant for 64 years. He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy and the Rotary Club.
Mr. Ferris was an avid outdoorsman: hunting, fishing, shrimping, gathering oysters, gardening and sailing.
He wrote three memoirs, “Beaver the Retriever,” “Stickboat Adventures,” and “The Revenge of the Flounder.” His oral history is in the Lowcountry Digital Library (). After 22 years as a widower, he married Vikky Svedberg. For 10 years they enjoyed fishing, traveling, attending supper club and their home Bible study.
In addition to his wife, her daughter, Sharon Gentry, and granddaughter, Malyn Elizabeth Grygielko, his daughter from his first marriage, Elizabeth Anne Ferris, (John B. Dawson Jr.), he is survived by his grandsons, John Baker Dawson III (Wendy) and Ramsay Ferris Dawson (Kathy); his great-grandchildren, Harmon Elizabeth Dawson, Katelyn Anne Dawson, John Baker Dawson IV and Kilian Ferris Dawson; a sister-in-law, Mary Rob Ferris, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church by the Rev. David Thurlow. Inurnment will follow. A reception will be held in the parish hall.
Memorials may be made to Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, SC 29442.
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L. Cameron Howell III of Columbia, a part-time Litchfield Beach resident, died Sunday. He was 74.
He was born Jan. 25, 1944, in Columbia, the son of Annie Laurie Daniels Howell and Luther Cameron Howell Jr. He graduated from Dreher High School and Wofford College, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. After college, he served in the S.C. National Guard.
Mr. Howell began his career at C. W. Haynes & Co. He presided over his own construction company and served in leadership roles for various real estate firms in the Midlands. After a long career in property ownership and management, he retired from Bank of America in 2004. He was past president of the Builders and Owners Management Association of South Carolina.
Mr. Howell loved dogs, cars, water sports, fishing, sporting clays, Litchfield Beach and Little Switzerland, N.C., but above all, he loved his family.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth “Bit” Morris Howell; his children, Luther Cameron Howell IV (Jenny) of Durham, N.C., and Laurie Wells Howell of Charlotte; one grandchild, Elizabeth Wilder Howell of Durham; three sisters, Marjorie H. Donaldson (Benjamin), Mary Ellen H. Judson and Christine H. Hepfer (Thomas); his stepmother, Clarice M. Howell; and his nieces, nephews and several godchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. A private service will be held at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201; Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or Church of the Resurrection, P.O. Box 206, Little Switzerland, NC 28749.
Annette G. Sweeney of Pawleys Plantation died Sunday at her home after a seven year battle with breast cancer. She continually displayed a courageous and positive outlook, her family said. She was 80.
She was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Guy and Alberta Rose Galyon. She graduated from Southwest High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1958. She earned a master’s degree in toxicology from American University in 1979. Mrs. Sweeney worked for many years in various hospitals and medical offices as a medical technologist.
She was remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her family, she enjoyed travel, bridge and golf. She was twice elected president of the Pawleys Plantation Ladies Golf Association. She lived for many years in Rockville, Md., before retiring to Pawleys Island in 2002.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bernard L. Sweeney; her children, Gregory Sweeney (Shelly) of Leesburg, Va., P. Gregory Parsons (Cindy) of Myrtle Beach, Colleen Superko (Mark), of Wellesley, Mass., Dianne Wunder (Jeffery) of Cape May, N.J., and Mark Parsons (Sandra) of Huntsville, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Catherine Gelerman of Marstons Mills, Mass.; 14 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and her first husband, Paul C. Parsons of Ocala, Fla.
Her family said Mrs. Sweeney received special care during her illness and treatment from the doctors and staff at Pawleys Pediatrics and Adult Medicine, Waccamaw Oncology and Coastal Carolina Breast Center and Amedisys Hospice Services.
The family will receive friends at the home from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Smith Medical Clinic, 99 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island SC, 29585.
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William Raymond Canino of Lutherville, Md., a former Wachesaw Plantation resident, died Jan. 15. He was 88.
He was born July 1, 1929, in Vineland, N.J., the son of William and Mary DiMatteo Canino.
He is survived by his wife, Jacklyn Britt Canino; his children, Barbara Mather and husband Marvin of Sparks, Md., Richard Canino of New York, Catherine Gay and husband Bob of White Hall, Md., and Elizabeth Spencer and husband Corey of New York; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday in the Stella Maris Chapel in Timonium, Md., followed by the presentation of military honors.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 () or Folds of Honor at .
Judy Modica of Litchfield Country Club died Monday at Grand Strand Health Care. She was 79.
She was born in Yonkers, N.Y., a daughter of Michael and Louisa Salzarulo. Mrs. Modica was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, the church Women’s Club and Litchfield Country Club, where she was a former treasurer of the ladies golf association. She was also a photographer for Precious Blood.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Modica; two sons, Robert Modica Jr. of Peekskill, N.Y., and Daniel Modica and wife, Susan, of Burlington, N.J.; a daughter, Patty Bailey and her husband, Arnold, of Newport, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Michael Young and his wife, Leah, Deanna Modica, Bryant Bailey and Katelyn Bailey; a great-grandchild, Logan Young; and a sister, Josephine Cristanntiello of Yonkers.
In addition to her parents, a brother, Peter Salzarulo, died before her.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel.
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Thomas Harold Pendergrass, who had a long career in the area’s real estate industry, died Jan. 17 at his home. He was 67.
He was born May 23, 1950, in Florence, a son of Archie Clarence Pendergrass and Mary Elizabeth Bunch Pendergrass. He grew up in Florence and moved to Garden City in 1965. Known as Tommy, he was always a leader even during Boy Scouts where he was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Socastee High School and earned a degree in business administration from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Mr. Pendergrass was a member of Pendergrass Realty for over 35 years and served on the state and local Realtors board, and was awarded the Realtor Image Award.
Mr. Pendergrass had a great knowledge of the real estate business. He had a vast number of clients who trusted him and considered him a friend. He was employed by Dunes Realty of Garden City.
He was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet and a charter member of Grand Strand Community Church.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Peeler Pendergrass; a daughter, Leigh Hennecy (Chip) of Aynor; two granddaughters, Summer Brooke Clark of Myrtle Beach and Spring Bailey Clark of Aynor; a grandson, Timothy Davis Clark II of Pawleys Island; two sisters, Lynda P. Wilson (Michael) and Joyce P. Hastings, both of Murrells Inlet, and a sister-in-law, Shirley B. Pendergrass of Garden City.
In addition to his parents, a brother, James A. Pendergrass, died before him.
Memorial services were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet by the Rev. Kendall Williams.
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Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen-Allen, VA 23060-9979; the American Cancer Society, P.O. 22478. Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.Jan. 18
Irene Bone of Hagley Estates died Jan. 11 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 82.
She was born in Darlington, the daughter of Jessie L. Gray and Ruby Irene Coker Gray. She enjoyed music, dancing, the beach, reading her Bible and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Amon Bone; her children, Kathy B. Barnes (Kenny) of Pawleys Island, Richard A. Bone (Sherhal) of Georgetown and Teressa Irene Black (Dean) of Pawleys Island; her grandchildren, Eric and Ryan Heinemann, Bryan and Cory Bone, Laurin and Kendahl Bone, Krista Haydt and Breanna Truex; 13 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Jessie D. Gray of Georgetown.
Another son, Michael Anthony Bone, and a grandson, Robert Aaron Pieterse, died before her.
A funeral service was held Monday at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Pawleys Island Chapel.
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William Lee Davis Jr. of Murrells Inlet died at his home Jan. 3. He was 52.
He was born May 28, 1965, in Newport News, Va., the son of Mel Divine Davis and the late William Lee Davis. He was the grandson of the late John S. Divine Jr.
Mr. Davis, who was known as Lee, counted himself blessed to have lived by the water his entire life surrounded by family and friends. In addition to his love of the water, he also loved family, the Washington Redskins, Wake Forest Demon Deacons and his many dogs over his lifetime.
He was remembered as a generous, loyal and selfless friend.
In addition to his mother of Garden City Beach, he is survived by his sister, Maryanne A. Davis of Charleston, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
At a later date, the family will hold a memorial service where his ashes will be returned to the sea.
Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585. Condolences may be sent atJan. 11
Alva “Al” Axt of Pawleys Plantation died Dec. 26 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 85.
He was born in Spring Valley, N.Y, a son of Frederick and Olga Axt. After serving in the Army, Mr. Axt worked for Westinghouse for many years before retiring.
He was a member of Surfside United Methodist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Peggy Fenton (Brian) of Dunwoody, Ga., and Susan Axt of Murrells Inlet; four grandchildren, Sidney Fenton of Dunwoody, Jordan McDonald of Scottsdale, Ariz., Lillian McDonald of Portland, Ore., and Jacqui McDonald of Milwaukee; a brother, George Axt of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; a sister, Margaret Renault of Carmel, Calif.; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Edgecomb of Houston.
His wife, Bette Ann Axt, and his son, Jonathan Frederick Axt, died before him.
A memorial service was held Saturday at Surfside United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the church, 800 13th Ave. N., Surfside Beach, SC 29575.
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Carol Ann Hartman Davis of Waterford Heights, an audiologist who nurtured a large family of friends, died Dec. 28 after a brief illness. She was 73.
She was born May 15, 1944, in Mobile, Ala., the daughter of Marietta Starke and James Wilbur Hartman. Carol was the youngest of three children, with an older brother James and older sister Marietta.
She graduated from the University of Alabama where she earned a master’s degree. She operated the audiological practice Sound Advice within the ENT practice of Dr. Terry Fry in Georgetown. Karen Perry, the office administrator, and Dr. Fry felt a certain family feeling with Carol in the office.
Mrs. Davis started a hearing conservation program for the Georgetown County School District.
It was as “Mama Carol” that she touched the lives of many in the community. She thoroughly enjoyed people. If you knew Carol, you were eternally blessed with good feelings from this incredible woman, her family said. The mold was broken when this angel fell from heaven. It should be seen as a greater call to live up to this woman’s ability to touch people’s lives.
She is survived by two sons, Christian and Shepherd; and six grandchildren, Jonathan, Elizabeth Parker, Elizabeth, Sophia, Sloane and Connor.
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A celebration of her life is planned for Feb. 8 in the Pawleys Island area.
As executive director of the Anglican Mission in America, Chuck Murphy helped shepherd the founding of 260 churches over a dozen years. But never founded one of his own.
“I thought it was a great irony that I led the whole thing and had never planted a church,” he once said.
That changed two years ago when he became rector of The Abbey at Pawleys Island. It was a coming home, a gathering, for many worshippers he had served in 23 years as rector of All Saints Church. “I see God’s hand moving through all of it,” he said. “I’m actually having fun. Thank you, Lord.”
Bishop Murphy died Tuesday at his home in Litchfield Plantation. He was 70.
As the rector of All Saints, he led a growing Episcopal Church parish whose history predated the founding of the United States. But in the late 1990s, there was a growing rift in the national church. Bishop Murphy was among those who believed the church was straying from fundamental aspects of Christian belief.
He started a movement called First Promise in 1997 to work toward the reform of a church that, he said at the time, “has repeatedly and unrepentantly departed from the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ.”
He was consecrated as a bishop in the Anglican Church of Rwanda in 2000 in Singapore by a group of Anglican archbishops concerned about the state of the Episcopal Church. “We are committed to lead the church, not leave it,” Bishop Murphy said.
He was a founder and leader of the Anglican Mission in America, which was headquartered at All Saints even though the church remained part of the Episcopal Church. He was named rector emeritus of the parish.
In 2004, the congregation at All Saints voted to join the Anglican Mission.
In 2012, All Saints joined the Anglican Church in North America. At the time, Murphy resigned as a bishop in the Anglican Church of Rwanda, which had provided oversight to the Anglican Mission.
Charles Hurt Murphy III was born Dec. 6, 1947 in Decatur, Ala., the second of five children of the late Rev. Charles H. Murphy Jr. and Anne Hunter Murphy. He graduated in 1970 from the University of Alabama, where he met and married his wife, Margaret Adams, in September 1969. In 1971, the Murphys traveled to Trinity College in Bristol, England, where Chuck studied theology under the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer before receiving a master’s of divinity from the University of the South’s School of Theology in Sewanee, Tenn.
Bishop Murphy was ordained into the Diocese of Alabama for the Episcopal Church as a deacon and priest in 1975. His 43-year career in parish ministry began in Alabama, first at St. Paul’s Church in Selma and then at St. Thomas in Greenville. In 1980, Chuck, Margaret and their three daughters moved to Columbia, where Chuck became canon theologian at Trinity Cathedral. The last move by the Murphy family was in 1982, when Chuck accepted the call to become rector of All Saints Parish, Waccamaw.
From 1982 until 2000, he led All Saints Church as its rector, during which his charisma, passion for the Lord and visionary leadership cultivated a vibrant parish ministry. Churches from around the country attended worship and leadership weekends hosted and led by All Saints.
Following his consecration in 2000, Bishop Murphy was sent from Rwanda to America to preserve the Anglican theology that the Episcopal Church rejected. Under his vision and leadership, an Anglican church planting organization known as the Anglican Mission in America was created, and global Anglicanism was forever changed.
In 2004, he resigned his role at All Saints to focus solely on his role with the mission. For the next 10 years, Bishop Murphy remained the chairman of the movement that swept across North America, initiating and planting over 200 churches and apostolic works, becoming a missionary society that provided resources for North America and beyond. In 2014, he resigned as chairman, and was elected and called to serve as the founding bishop and rector of a new Anglican Mission church plant, The Abbey at Pawleys Island, which has become a place of renewal and spiritual nurture for a new generation.
Bishop Murphy’s ministry made a huge impact locally and globally as he demonstrated bold, innovative, and humble leadership. He knew that to lead was to serve, and he relentlessly empowered those around him. He always sought to maximize their potential while giving them freedom to run and encouragement to grow into the calling God has for each person he encountered. His sense of vision and God’s timing was supernatural in origin and scope.
Bishop Muphy will be remembered for his personal charisma, passion for life, and boundless love for his Lord, his wife, and his three children.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Margaret Adams Murphy; his children, Allison Adams Murphy, Mary Hunter Kramer (Scott), Anne Nolen Howard (Will); his sister, Donna Dardani (Tom), his brothers, Timothy (Katy) and Chris (Nancy); and his grandchildren, Adams, Nolen and William Howard, and Hunter and Emma Kramer.
A Service for the Celebration of Life will held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Abbey. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in The Pub at The Abbey.
A memorial service hosted by the Anglican Church in the Americas will be held later.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey, 46 Gathering Lane, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Rateeba Rasheed of Pawleys Island died Dec. 20 at home surrounded by her family. She was 86.
She was the daughter of Naif Rasheed and Abla Rasheed, Lebanese of the Druze community of faith. She came to America in 1948 after her marriage to Rasheed “Richard” Rasheed in 1947. They made their home in Georgetown, where they raised their three children and Richard continued in the family business of Rasheed Brothers.
When the children were young, the family spent most summers at their beach house in Pawleys Island, where Richard taught the boys to fish and Rateeba spent wonderful days caring for the children as they played on the beach. Mrs. Rasheed spoke Arabic and fluent French from her matriculation in French schools in the Middle East. She quickly began to study English and started formal lessons when 6-year-old Kamile started first grade in Georgetown. She progressed quickly, which was not surprising to anyone who knew her. She soon became fluent in conversational and formal English, thanks to her dear friend and teacher Mrs. Bomar.
Mrs. Rasheeed was an avid reader of history and philosophy throughout her life. She loved to read to her grandchildren who without question were the loves of her life. The children attended the Georgetown Presbyterian Church from an early age, and Rateeba and Richard were always grateful to the Rev. Oliver “Mike” Carmichael and Stuart Chandler for bringing the children into the church family.
The Rasheeds instilled a love and passion for education in their children. After Richard’s passing from a life-long heart ailment when the children were young, Rateeba, with the help of Rev. Carmichael, saw Kamile, Allen and Nadia through college.
Above all, Mrs. Rasheed instilled in her children and grandchildren a mission to love and care for others and strong moral bearings to guide them in life. She taught them by example; strength and compassion derive through having trust and faith in God, living a close family life, and despite the circumstances, choosing always to do the right thing. Mrs. Rasheed’s devotion to her husband and children, determination, love of learning, and unmeasurable kindness and service to family, friends, and strangers alike will be remembered always, her family said.
A celebration of her life was held Dec. 22 in the chapel of Mayer Funeral Home by the Rev. Michael A. Black, who recalled her friendship and her deep faithfulness. Paul I. Skoko, life-long neighbor and friend, provided the music. Her son Kamile Rasheed gave a eulogy recalling her gifts and talents and boundless affection and enjoyment of family and friends.
Her granddaughter Elizabeth Rasheed and her grandson Richard Rasheed read from her favorite passages of scripture and poetry.
She is survived by her three children, Dr. Kamile Rasheed and his wife Cathy of Atlanta, Dr. Allen Rasheed and his wife Kathie of Pawleys Island, and Nadia Rasheed Black, an attorney, and her husband Michael of Myrtle Beach; her grandchildren, Ryan Rasheed and his wife Brooke of Atlanta, Katie Rasheed of New York, Elizabeth Rasheed of Denver and Richard Rasheed, a junior at Furman University; and one great-grandchild, Ruby Rasheed.
Her family thanked her caregiver, Linda Elliott, and her friend, Stella Pyle, for their devotion.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UNICEF or a charity of your choice.Jan. 4
Elizabeth Conley “Dutta” Bland of Pawleys Island, a former first lady of the town, died Friday. She was 91.
She was born in Johnston, the daughter of Dr. William Clifford Conley and Betty Waters Conley. Dutta spent her childhood in Johnston in the home of her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Philemon Waters. She attended the Johnston public schools and Winthrop University, class of 1947.
She and her late husband, Jack LaGrone Bland, retired to the family home on Pawleys Island in 1982, from Bennettsville. Her husband was elected to the first Town Council in 1985 and became mayor when the incumbent stepped down.
Mrs. Bland was a communicant of All Saints Church, where she was former president of the Episcopal Church Women and secretary of the Georgetown District Episcopal Church Women. She was also a former member of the Altar Guild. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Winyah Chapter, the Edgefield County Historical Society, the Georgetown County Historical Society and other charitable organizations.
She loved being a “Mema” to her grandchildren and great-granddaughter and especially spending time with her family at her Pawleys Island home. Her favorite days were Sundays, especially coming to worship at The Abbey.
She is survived by a son, Jack LaGrone Bland Jr. (Dinah) of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Betty Bland Shelley (Eddie) of Conway; four grandchildren, Philip Dillon Bland, Caroline Berry Bland, Katherine Shelley Darnell (Travis), Sarah Bland Shelley; a great-granddaughter, Conley Lane Darnell; and a special first cousin, Charlie Duke.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Abbey, conducted by the Rev. Stuart P. Boehmig. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey, P.O. Box 3999, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
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Alberta Lachicotte Quattlebaum of Waverly Plantation, whose history of Georgetown County’s rice plantations has been a standard reference for over 60 years, died Saturday. She was 89.
She was born in Sumter, the daughter of Arthur Herbert Lachicotte and Virginia Wilson Lachicotte. She grew up on Waverly Plantation, graduated from Winyah High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop College. She later earned a master’s degree from The Citadel.
She worked as a reporter for The Lancaster News and The News and Courier in Charleston. She also worked as parish secretary of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston for over seven years and taught at East Cooper School in Mount Pleasant for 10 years.
She was married to the late Jesse Clifton Quattlebaum.
Mrs. Quattlebaum published “Georgetown Rice Plantations” in 1955, tracing the ownership of properties along the county’s five rivers. She updated it in 1989.
In 1967, she published “Rebel Senator,” a biography of Strom Thurmond. She also was co-editor of an updated history of All Saints Church, and also an informational brochure of St. Michaels Church in Charleston. She truly loved the history of Georgetown County and was actively involved in preserving it for her entire life.
Mrs. Quattlebaum served as a member of the editorial board of the South Carolina Historical Society Magazine, a trustee of the Georgetown County Library and on the board of the Rice Museum. She received an honorary doctorate from Coastal Carolina University in 1998 in recognition for her achievements.
She taught a class at Brookgreen Gardens about the area plantations. Each class ended with a boat journey of these plantations, so her students could see them from the river.
Mrs. Quattlebaum also served on the vestry of All Saints Church and the Episcopal Church Women of All Saints Church. She was active in the National Society of the Colonial Dames and was instrumental in getting together an oral history of Georgetown County by interviewing many lifetime residents of the area and plantations.
She loved Brookgreen Gardens, music, area history and anything about Britain. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren and was so proud of them. She loved the beach and boating on the rivers.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Q. Blanton (Michael) of Charleston; two grandchildren, Wilson C. Blanton and Morgan E. Blanton; and a brother, Arthur Herbert “Doc” Lachicotte Jr. (Martha) of Pawleys Island.
A sister, Elizabeth L. Middleton, died before her.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in All Saints Church. A family gathering will follow at Christ The King Grace Church Waccamaw.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or the Rice Museum, 633 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
Beverly J. Savula, a part-time Pawleys Island resident, died Dec. 25. She was 66.
She was born July 14, 1951, in Mogadore, Ohio, the daughter of the late Eugene and Mary McMillin. She was married to the late David A. Savula. She resided on Lake Lanier in Dawsonville, Ga., and spent much of her time on Pawleys Island.
For over 30 years, Mrs. Savula was actively involved with the Walton football program in Cobb County, Ga., where her husband was a highly-esteemed coach. She also played an integral role in creating a successful business at Legal Shield, and will forever remain a vital part of the company’s history.
Known for her spirited and positive personality, she will be missed by all who knew her especially her grandchildren, who affectionately called her Mimi, her family said.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, David J. and Joy Savula, Michael P. and Wendy Savula; grandchildren, Andrew, Jamie, Morgan and Hadley Savula; and sisters, Betty Bonner, Barbie Morris and Caroline Abercrombie.
Funeral services will be today at 4 p.m. at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs, Ga.
Alice Ward Short, a retired lieutenant commander in the Navy, died Sunday. She was 97.
She was born in Newcastle, Wyo., a daughter of Earl S. Leatherman, whose trade was digging water wells, and Alice W. Leatherman, who was born and raised at Arcadia Plantation. She attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1942.
In 1943, she entered the Navy Nurse Corps. She was stationed in Honolulu and Midway Island for one year during World War II and on troop transports off Japan and North and South Korea during the Korean Conflict.
After retiring from the Navy, she lived with her husband Carl W. Short, who was also a Navy officer, in Spain and Italy for two years where she volunteered with the Italian Department of Antiquities on Archaeological sites. In 1971, she and Carl moved to Pawleys Island where she had spent most of her childhood. She was a nurse volunteer at various blood drives and later at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.
She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church most of her life and Christ the King-Grace Waccamaw Church in her later years. She was active for some years in the Women’s Auxiliary and Waccamaw Garden Club. She was a member of Phi Mu National Sorority, the S.C. Archaeological Society, the Order of the Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron, the International Society of the Descendants of Charlemagne and the Colonial Dames XVII.
She and Carl were avid travelers. After an extended trip through China in 1995, they continued to Pago Pago in American Samoa where they lived and worked for two years. They traveled to all seven continents, the last being Antarctica in 1998.
She is survived by her daughter Alice Marie Graham of Pawleys Island, her sister Mary E. “Libby” Harmon of Summerville; two stepdaughters, a stepson, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, another daughter, Martha Jane Simpson, died before her.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the old All Saints Church by the Rev. Timothy D. Surratt.
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Memorials may be made to Christ the King-Grace Waccamaw, 9630 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.