Miscellaneous Beaufort County, South Carolina Obituaries

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Emma Benton 
Emma Benton, 97, of Jonesville community, Yemassee, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. 
Young Funeral Home, Yemassee, is in charge. 

Bernice Burns 
Bernice Burns, 50, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Yemassee, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, in Brooklyn. 
Young Funeral Home, Yemassee, is in charge. 

Sadie Barfield Hill 
Sadie Barfield Hill, 86, of Florence, widow of Johnny Foster Hill, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at her residence. 
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 tonight in Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home, 2402 South Irby St., Florence, and other times at the residence of Dianne and Ricky Harrell, 4044 Willow Creek Road, Florence, S.C. 29505. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Palmetto Street Church of God in Garden of Memories Cemetery. 
Mrs. Hill was born Aug. 14, 1913, in Lake City, a daughter of Harvey and Ella Dennis Barfield. She was a homemaker and a member of the Palmetto Street Church of God. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Allen J. Hill. 
Surviving are three daughters, Shirley H. Mangum of Beaufort, Katherine H. Matthews of Goose Creek and Diane H. Harrell of Florence; a brother, Woodrow Barfield of Fort Mill; a sister, Janie Smith of Hartsville; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests that those who wish may make memorials to Palmetto Street Church of God Building Fund, 3132 West Palmetto St., Florence, S.C. 29501. 

David Polite 
David Polite, 52, of St. Helena Island, husband of Ethel Polite, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. 
Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home for Funerals, Beaufort, is in charge. 

Pearlie Gamble Wright 
Pearlie Gamble Wright, 81, of Ridgeland died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight and beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bostick Funeral Home, Ridgeland. Services will be at noon Thursday in St. Matthew Baptist Church, Ridgeland. Burial will be in Richardson Memorial Cemetery, Ridgeland. 
Mrs. Wright was born Dec. 5, 1917, in Jasper County, a daughter of Henry Gamble and Rachel Mitchell Gamble. She was a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church and the St. Catherine Chapter No. 46 Eastern Star. She was a homemaker. 
Surviving are her husband, Jessie Wright of Ridgeland; two sons, Henry Wright of Springhill, Fla., and Leroy Wright of Ridgeland; two daughters, Jessie W. Tyler of Ridgeland and Elizabeth Moore of Jacksonville, Fla.; two stepbrothers, James and Eddie Wilson of Hardeeville; a sister, Josephine Washington of Hardeeville; a stepsister, Sarah Early of Hardeeville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Elene Koth
Elene Koth of Beaufort died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. 
Copeland Funeral Home, Beaufort, is in charge. 

Louise Shea Ross
Louise Shea Ross, 71, of Beaufort, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence. 
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, in Beaufort National Cemetery, with military honors. 
Mrs. Ross was born March 31, 1929, in Willimantic, Conn., a daughter of Thomas Andrew Shea and Delima Gelinas Shea. She was a graduate of The Willimantic State Teachers College in Willimantic, Conn. She served as a first lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps from 1953 to 1955 and received the National Defense Service Medal. A teacher, she retired from the Elk Lake School District, Dimock, Pa., where she was a member of the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of Lady's Island Country Club and Lady's Island Country Club Women's Golf Association. 
Surviving are her husband, Joseph E. Ross of Beaufort; two sons, Timothy J. Ross of Stewartstown, Pa., and Robert A. Ross of Gainesville, Fla.; a daughter, Kathryn M. French of Summerville; a brother, Thomas A. Shea Jr. of Urbanna, Va.; and five grandchildren. 
The family suggests those who wish may make memorials to Beaufort County Library, 311 Scotts St., Beaufort, S.C. 29902 or to Friends of Caroline Hospice, 1110 13th St., Port Royal, S.C. 29935. 
Copeland Funeral Home, Beaufort, is in charge. 

Willie Washington Jr.
Willie Washington Jr., 52, of Burton, died Friday, May 5, 2000, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. 
Wake services will be from 7 to 8 tonight in Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home For Funerals. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Burton New Church of Christ with burial following in Perriclair Cemetery, Ann's Point. 
Mr. Washington was born Dec. 28, 1947, in Beaufort County, a son of Elizabeth Green Washington Pusha and Willie Washington Sr. He received his education in the public schools of Beaufort County and Bronx, N.Y. He graduated from Technical School with a degree in brick masonry. He worked as an independent Brick Mason contractor. 
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Deacon Ezekiel Pusha of Burton; two brothers, Herbert L. Washington of Beaufort and Roger Washington of Tampa, Fla.; three sisters, Annette Gainey of Killeen, Texas, Bianca Washington of Walterboro and Valerie Rogers of Greenville, Tenn. 

Doretha Washington Wright
Services for Doretha Washington Wright, 72, of Ridgeland who died Monday, May 8, 2000, in Low Country General Hospital, Ridgeland, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Mount Carmelt Baptist Center, Ridgeland with burial in Log Haul Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight in Sauls Funeral Home, Ridgeland. 

Wilhelmina Mitchell
Wilhelmina Mitchell, 88, died June 9, 2000, in St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah, Ga. 
Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements. 

lvard Smith
Elvard Smith, 66, died June 8, 2000, in Savannah Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. 
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Allen Funeral Home Chapel in Coosawhatchie. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Padgett Branch Baptist Church in Grays, with burial in Rock Spring Baptist Church Cemetery in Grays. 
Mr. Smith was born Dec. 25, 1933, in Gillisonville, a son of the late Taft Smith and Rosa Lee Padgett Smith. He was a member of Padgett Branch Baptist Church for several years where he served as a trustee and was a member of the senior choir. He was employed for 16 years with Sprint. He also was a mechanic and a nurses assistant. 
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Lela Mae Ferguson-Smith of Gillisonville; five children, Diane Smith-Graham of Hickory, N.C., Freda Smith-Johnson of Savannah, Ga., Jacqueline Smith-Scott of Varnville, Janette Smith-Fields of Burton and John E. Smith of Port Royal; three sisters, Betty Jean Allen, Celeste Allen and Lillie Rose Smith, all of Ridgeland; two brothers, Roosevelt Smith of Ridgeland and Walker Smith of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren. 

Geneva Crawford
Geneva Crawford, 91, of Hilton Head died Saturday, June 10, 2000 at Hilton Head Medical Center. 
Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home for Funerals is in charge. 

Samuel Scott 
Samuel Scott, 82, of Charleston, died on Saturday, June 17, 2000, in the V.A. Hospital in Charleston.. 
Services will be in Charleston. 
Mr. Scott was a lifelong resident of St. Helena Island. 
Surviving is a niece, Caroline Scott of St. Helena Island. 

Mary Elma Brunson Stafford 
SUMTER - Mary Elma Brunson Stafford, 83, widow of William Archie Stafford Sr., died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, in Lexington Medical Center. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 this evening in Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home, Sumter, and at other times at the home of Loretta Stokes, 1814 Hialeah Parkway. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in First Presbyterian Church, with burial in Sumter Cemetery. 
Mrs. Stafford was born in Clarendon County, a daughter of Jack and Loretta Baker Hodge Brunson. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she was active as a former Sunday school teacher and member of the Ladies Circle. 
Surviving are a son, William A. Stafford Jr. of Spartanburg; three daughters, Sylvia Stafford Therrell of Columbia, Loretta Stafford Stokes of Sumter and Teresa "Terri" Stafford Stokes of Beaufort; three brothers, Jack Wade Brunson Sr. of Cleveland, Robert M. Brunson of Salisbury, N.C., and Charles F. "Mickey" Brunson of Bradenton, Fla.; five sisters, Frances H. Denton of Camden, Harriett B. Bruce of Raleigh, N.C., Sarah B. Zemp of Hartsville, Emma B. Marshall of Columbia and Jacqueline "Jackie" G. Partin of Greenville; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

Annie Robinson Kelly 
MOULTRIE, Ga. - Annie Robinson Kelly, 72, of Moultrie, widow of Austin Kelly, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. 
Services will be directed by Cobb Funeral Chapel, Hwy. 37, West Camilla Highway, Moultrie. 
Mrs. Kelly was born May 1, 1928, in Mitchell County, Ga., a daughter of Nathan and Ruth Edenfield Robinson. She was a seamstress and worked in manufacturing. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Moultrie. 
Surviving are a daughter, Laquitta A. Padgett of Beaufort; a son, Austin Lee Kelly of Tallahassee, Fla.; two brothers, Charlie Robinson of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Douglas Robinson of Thomasville, Ga.; three sisters, Nell Willis of Dawson, Ga., Laverne Hardin of Jacksonville, Fla., and Joyce Tucker of Thomasville, Ga.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests those who wish may make memorials to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6113, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29938. 
Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. 

Etta Mae Orr 
Etta Mae Orr, 85, of Roselle, N.J., died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, in Elizabeth General Hospital, Roselle. 
Bostick Funeral Home, Ridgeland, is in charge. 

Dr. Louis J. Roempke 
Dr. Louis J. Roempke, 67, of Beaufort died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital after collapsing near his home on Sunset Bluff. 
Copeland Funeral Home is in charge. 

Byrl M. Sailors
Byrl M. Sailors, 61, of Beaufort, husband of Monta S. Sailors, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, in Beaufort Naval Hospital. 
Anderson Funeral Home, Beaufort, is in charge. 

Oswald Weeks Lunde 
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Oswald Weeks Lunde, 87, of Bluffton died Friday, June 1, 2001, in Beaufort Naval Hospital. 
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. June 27 in U.S. National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with full U.S. Air Force honors. 
Col. Lunde was born Aug. 11, 1914, in Keewahnee, Wisc. He was a World War II U.S. Air Force pilot officer who received his wings and commission in 1938. When the Pacific war began in 1941, he was stationed in the Philippines. He survived the attack on Bataan and later joined Gen. George MacArthur's forces in Australia. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal. 
Surviving are his wife, Anne Lunde of McLean, Va.; two daughters, Rosalind of McLean and Susan of Fairfax, Va.; three sons, John of McLean; Eric of Bluffton and Marc of Denver, Colo. 
Anderson Funeral Home, Beaufort is in charge. 

Robert Eugene Mort 
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Robert Eugene Mort, 74, of Beaufort died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 today in Anderson Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Beaufort National Cemetery with full military honors. 
Mr. Mort was born June 29, 1926, in Fairmount, W.Va., a son of Raymond E. Mort and Madie Ellen Hershberger Mort. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, (Iwo Jima), Korea (Chosin Reservoir) and Vietnam. He was awarded numerous citations and commendations including Purple Heart with two stars, Navy Commendation Medal, two Presidential Unit Citations, seven Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, China Service Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential United Citation and United Nations Service Medal. 
He was employed by Atlantic Coast and Prudential insurance companies and retired in 1989. He was a lifetime member of the Purple Heart Association, 4th Marine Division Association, Dog 7 Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Underwriter's Association, a Mason,. a 20-year member of Gideon's International and a member and served on the counseling board of the Gospel Light Christian Ministries Church. 
Surviving are his wife, Audrey J. McGuire Mort of Beaufort; a son, Michael Mort of Sturgis, Mich.; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Mort Payne of Beaufort; and a grandchild. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jean Mort Weinhofer. 
The family suggests that those who wish may make memorials to Gospel Light Christian Ministries Building Fund, 607 Battery Creek Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. 

Glondell Malphrus Walters 
RIDGELAND - Glondell Malphrus Walters, 70, of Ridgeland, wife of Joseph C. Walters III, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at her residence. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 today in Sauls Funeral Home, Ridgeland. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Great Swamp Baptist Church, Ridgeland. 
Mrs. Walters was born May 23, 1931, in Ridgeland, a daughter of Orland James "O.J." Malphrus and Hannah Lee Boyles Malphrus. She was a retired clerk/treasurer for the Town of Ridgeland. She was a member of Great Swamp Baptist Church, Ridgeland. She was a member of the Ridgeland Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. 
Surviving are her mother and husband of Ridgeland; a son, Joseph C. Walters IV of Ridgeland; three daughters, Kathy W. Langford of Ridgeland, Lynda W. Saxon of Hilton Head and Donna W. Popanicholas of Newark, Del.; three brothers, O. Dale, G. Dwaine and Larry S. Malphrus of Ridgeland; three sisters, Anne M. Long, Jeanette M. Crosby and Varner M. Cleland of Ridgeland; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Thomas V. Jaskiewicz
NIANTIC, Conn. - Thomas V. Jaskiewicz, 64, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, in Waterford, Conn. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurday at Copeland Funeral Home, Beaufort. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Parris Island Chapel. Interment, with military honors, will be at Beaufort National Cemetery. 
Mr. Jaskiewicz was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Willimantic, Conn., a son of Marjorie De'Lia Jaskiewicz. He married Sheila Anderson on Parris Island. 
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. 
He earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Naval Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal with five stars, Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnamese Service Medal with two stars. He also earned the Rifle and Pistol Sharpshooter Badges. He was retired from the Connecticut Department of Corrections, for which he worked as a correction officer at Gates Correctional Institution in Niantic. He earned the department's Circle of Merit in 1994, Governor's Community Service Award in 1997 and a 10-Year Certificate of Achievement. 
He was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and served two years as a Grand Knight in Charleston. He was a past post commander in the Niantic American Legion, a lifetime member of the Elks Club in Portsmouth, N.H., a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Niantic, a member of Beaufort AMVETS and Niantic Lions Club. 
Surviving are his wife of Niantic; three sons, Thomas and Timothy of Beaufort and Garland of Niantic; two daughters, Tereasa and Mary of Beaufort; five brothers, Charles Jaskiewicz of Jewett City, Conn., Anthony Jaskiewicz of Southington, Conn., Donald Jaskiewicz of Laughlin, Nev., Richard Jaskiewicz of Tucson, Ariz. and Joseph Jaskiewicz of Montville, Conn.; a sister, Regina Westner of Montville; and eight grandchildren. 
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Caroline Hospice, 1110 13th St., Port Royal, SC 29935. 

Wilena Frances Ovocky
Wilena Frances Ovocky, 81, of Beaufort, formerly of Huntington, W.Va., widow of Henry "Hank" Ovocky, died Monday, July 30, 2001, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. 
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington. 
Mrs. Ovocky was born Jan. 4, 1920 in Cabell County, W.Va., a daughter of Willard Leslie and Ola D. Carey Johnson. 
Surviving are two daughters, Donna G. Lincoln and Kay Lincoln Hines of Beaufort; a son, Ronald L. Johnson of Boone, N.C.; a brother, Donald Leslie Johnson of Huntington; eight grandchildren and 10 grandchildren. 
Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, is in charge. 

Randy Rutledge
YEMASSEE - Randy Rutledge, 39, of Roadside community, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, in Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro. 
Young Funeral Home, Yemassee, is in charge. 


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