Miscellaneous South Carolina Obituaries


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Monday, August 14, 2000

Lucretia Adams 

SILVERSTREET -- Graveside services for Lucretia Neal Adams, 79, formerly of 148 Abrams Street, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Silverstreet Lutheran Church Cemetery by the Rev. Dr. Robert E. McCollum. The family will receive friends at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home this evening (Monday) from 7-8:30 p.m. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Silverstreet Lutheran Church, 120 Long Street, Silverstreet, S.C. 29145, or to Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 2496 SC Highway 773, Pomaria, S.C. 29126.

Mrs. Adams, widow of Frank Y. Adams, died Sunday at Newberry Co. Memorial Hospital. Born in Newberry Co., she was a daughter of the late John Eddie and Mary Ella Griffith Neal. She was a retired Business Agent for the Amalgated Clothing Workers, a member of Silverstreet Lutheran Church and the WELCA. She was also a charter member of Silverstreet High School Alumni Association.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Barry (Lisa) Richardson of Pomaria; sisters, Mrs. Bill (Carrie Lee) Suber of Newberry, Mrs. Wilson (Mary) Cleland of Clinton; brother, Ellerbe Neal of Clemson; grandchildren, Mandy, Christopher Richardson. 

Vernal Alexander 

GAFFNEY -- Services for Vernal LaVoid Mobley Alexander, will be held at 4 p.m. today at Dunton United Methodist Church with burial in Oakland Cemetery. The casket will be placed in the church one hour prior to service. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Alexander died Wednesday. Born in Rock Hill, she was a daughter of the late Ben Mobley and Louie Emma Laton Mobley.

Surviving are her daughter, Charlotte Dryden; son, James Alexander III; sisters, Bennie Seawright, Carrie Hampton, Fredine Sloan, Willie White, Gloria Brown; grandchildren, Cameron Dryden, Nancy Dryden, Jamia Tate, Sierra Alexander, Renata Knucklee, Benjamin Alexander. 

Lila Bachman 

LEXINGTON -- Services for Lila Kyzer Bachman, 87, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2000, at St. James Lutheran Church, Red Bank, with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 this evening, August 14, 2000, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lexington Chapel. Memorials may be made to the St. James Lutheran Church Building Fund or the Memorial Fund.

Mrs. Bachman died Sunday, August 13, 2000. Born in Lexington Co., she was the widow of the late Alvin W. Bachman and a daughter of the late Ollie J. and Ada Seay Kyzer. She was a former employee of the Red Bank Mills at Red Bank and a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Sheron Bachman of Gilbert; son and daughter-in-law, Dwight and Charlotte Bachman of Sandy Run; grandchildren, Marty and Joye Bachman, Candy B. Kyzer of Gilbert, Shawn B. Deans of Lexington, Mike Bachman of Irmo; seven great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews. 

Max Bowers 

LANCASTER -- Memorial services for Max Allen Bowers, 54, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cauthen Funeral Home, Lancaster Chapel with burial at a later date. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Bowers died Sunday. Born in Lancaster, he was a son of Catherine Elizabeth Threatt Bowers and the late Vernon Luther Bowers. He was a member of the First A.R.P. Church, former member of the Jackson Masonic Lodge #53.

Surviving are his wife, Susan H. Bowers; son, Max Bowers; daughters, Juliet Bowers, Kimberly Bowers; grandchildren, Eric Bowers, Summer Bowers; brother, Vernon Bowers; sister, Ann Maynard. 

Rose Bowman 

COLUMBIA -- Services for Rose M. Bowman, 80, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Canaan Baptist Church with burial in church cemetery. Glover's Funeral Home is in charge.

Ms. Bowman, widow of the late Deacon I.M. Sham Bowman, died Thursday, August 10, 2000 at the Medical University of South Carolina after a brief illness. Born in Orangeburg Co., she was a daughter of the late Moody Glover and Mary Keller Spells. She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church.

Surviving are her sons, Daniel Bowman, Wesley Bowman, Frank Bowman; daughters, Gloria McMillan, Dora Gaddis; stepdaughter, Carrie Mae Robinson; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. 

Robert Buffington 

GREENWOOD --Graveside services for Robert "Bob" Buffington, 71, will be held at 3 p.m. today in Greenwood Memorial Garden. The family will be at the home of his daughter Dessie Stevens, Barkwood Subdivision, Calhoun Road East (Old Ervin Fish Camp Rd.) Lot 44.

Mr. Buffington died Saturday. Born in Greenwood, he was a son of the late Robert S. Buffington Sr. and Olive Rauton Buffington.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Cogdill Buffington; daughters, Karen Ritter, Dessie Stevens, Sylvia Thompson, all of Greenwood, Darlene Vaughn of Honea Path, Sadie Smith of Abbeville; son, Paul Thompson of Greenwood, 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grand children. 

Wilson Causey 

FROGMORE -- Services for Wilson Wayne Causey, 53, of 215 Fripp Point Road, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Helena Baptist Church with burial in Evergreen Cemetery directed by Copeland Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Friends of Caroline Hospice, 1110 13th Street, Port Royal, SC 29935.

Mr. Causey died Saturday, August 12, 2000, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Born in Charleston, he was a son of the late Howell Wilson Causey and Mary Lee Bowen Causey. He was a member of St. Helena Baptist Church where he was a Baptist Royal Ambassador Leader. He was a charter member of Sea Island Rescue Squad and a life member of the South Carolina Shrimper's Association. He was a shrimper for 30 years with Porpoise Fish Company and the former owner of Lowcountry Deck Builders.

Surviving are his wife, Patty Gay Causey of Frogmore; daughters, Lisa Gay Causey Myers of Summerville, Sharon Michele Causey of Beaufort; sister, Patricia Gale Bonds of Bamberg; brother, Howell Glenn Causey of Beaufort; five grandchildren. 

George Davis 

MARION -- Services for George Henry Davis, 64, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2000, at the Chapel of Cox-Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Mathis and Rev. Glenn Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Old Neck Cemetery in Brittons Neck, directed by Cox- Collins Funeral Home of Mullins. Visitation will be 6-9 this evening at the funeral home.

Mr. Davis, husband of Janice Coward Davis, died Saturday, August 12, 2000, in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Born May 12, 1936, in Marion Co., he was a son of the late Herbert Elbert Davis and Naomi Cook Davis. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired electrical engineer. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Wildlife Action. Mr. Davis was a member of Nebo Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of the home; son, George Elbert Davis of Marion; daughter, Brenda Barber of Surfside Beach; brother, Herbert "Bo" Davis Jr. of Marion; sisters, Bonnie Skipper of Mullins, Dorothy Sawyer of Conway; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers Horace Davis and J.C. Davis.

Charles Doyle 

WILMINGTON, N.C. --Memorial services for Charles "Charlie" Doyle have been held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 262, Wynnewood, PA 19096. Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel, Wilmington, is in charge.

Mr. Doyle died Friday, August 11, 2000. Born December 9, 1925, in Warroad, Minn., he was the son of the late Dr. Elmer and Effie Lunceford Doyle. He served in the U.S. Navy, and later graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mechanical engineering. He and his family were former residents of Cincinnati, where he worked at GE for 15 years, followed by 16 years in Wilmington with GE. He retired in 1986, and soon after, his wife Mary of 39 years passed away. He was a member of GE's Retirees Association, GE Elfun Society, GE Quarterly Century Club, the Elks Club, and St. Therese Catholic Church in Wrightsville Beach.

Surviving are his wife Nell; children, Sister Ellen Doyle, Mary Kay Doyle both of Cincinnati, Tim Doyle of Bakersfield, Calif., Barry Doyle of Raleigh, N.C., Jeanie Cowan of Concord, N.C., Joe Doyle of Lexington, Sarah Carroll of Wilmington, Amy Porter of Chapel Hill, N.C.; sister, Barbara Boranian of Fresno, Calif; sons- in-law, Craig Cowan, Rodney Carroll, Alex Porter; daughters-in-law, Denise Doyle, Bonnie Doyle; stepson, Randy Retherford; stepdaughters, Rhonda Retherford, Diann Posey; 25 grandchildren; a great granddaughter. 

William Draffin 

COLUMBIA -- Graveside services for Dr. William C. Draffin, 82, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Elmwood Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the SCDA Educational Foundation, 120 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210, the College of Dental Medicine, MUSC, Charleston, SC or to a charity of one's choice. Visitation will be 6-8 this evening at Dunbar Funeral Home, Gervais Street Chapel.

Dr. Draffin died Saturday, August 12, 2000. Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Dr. Ernest C. and Rosa Gelston Draffin. An Army veteran of World War II, he attended University High School, University of South Carolina, and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1941. He returned to Columbia where he practiced dentistry for 59 years. He served five years on the S.C. Board of Dental Examiners as a member and five years as secretary. He was instrumental in authorization by the state legislature of a dental school at the Medical University in 1955. This came to fruition with the graduation of the first class in 1971. He served on the Board of Trustees of MUSC 1966-1982, serving as chairman from 1974-1976.

Dr. Draffin was president of the South Carolina Dental Association in 1959. He represented the SCDA at the American Dental Association House of Delegates for 27 years. He served as speaker of the SCDA House of Delegates for 20 years and was honored by his colleagues as Speaker Emeritus in 1996. He was elected to the American College of Dentists in 1961, serving as national president in 1980. He was also a member of the International College of Dentists and a life member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Draffin was presented the American Dental Association's President's Award and the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto in recognition of his contributions to the profession of Dentistry. Dr. Draffin was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Dr. Draffin was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Connell Draffin, who had been a classmate in dental school. 

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Rosalee D. and Keith Frape of Columbia; son, Dr. Craig Draffin of Columbia; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. David and Nancy Draffin of Charleston; grandchildren, Scott and Katherine Draffin of Charleston. 

Mildred Evans 

LANCASTER -- Services for Mildred Steele Evans, 88, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church with burial in Lancaster Memorial Park. Hartley Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Evans died Saturday. Born in Lancaster Co., she was a daughter of the late Judson Steele and Minnie Morris Steele. She was twice married, first to the late Edward B. Cooper and then to the late Otis Odett Evans. She was a retired Springs Industries Employee.

Surviving are her stepson, Fred Cooper of Lancaster; sister, Sara McCoy of Orangeburg; grandchildren, Susan Brundick of Maryland, Lynn Tindall of Lancaster; grandson, Graham Tindall. 

Wesley Foreman 

COLUMBIA -- Services for Wesley Foreman, of 716 Cindy Drive, will be held today at 10 a.m. in Leevy's Funeral Home, Taylor Street Chapel, with burial in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens. Leevy's Funeral Home, Taylor Street Chapel.

Benjamin Hayward 

BROOKLYN, N.Y. --Services for Benjamin Hayward, 71, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Friendship United Methodist Church of Bamberg with burial in church cemetery. Cave Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Hayward died Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at Marcus Garvey Nursing Home of Brooklyn, N.Y. Born in Allendale Co., he was a son of the late Frederick Hayward and Rebecca Miller Hayward. He was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline Lewis Hayward of Bronx, N.Y.; daughters, Angela Robinson of Elizabeth, N.J., Sharon Smith of Brooklyn, N.J.; three grandchildren. 

Everleen James 

SPRINGFIELD -- Services for Everleen James, 93, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at New Beginning United Methodist Church of Norway with burial in church cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 this evening at Jackson's Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. James, widow of the late Lofton James Sr., died Friday. She was the daughter of the late Leadman and Arametta Isaac. She joined Pleasant Branch United Methodist Church and was the mother of the church.

Surviving are her daughters, Lena Davis, Beulah Tyler, Lois James; sons, Henry James, Cornell James, John James; sister, Mary Lee James, Bertha Jones; grandson, Leadman James Sr.; 36 grandchildren. 

Evelyn Jernigan 

DARLINGTON -- Services for Evelyn Hewitt Jernigan, 73, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Timmonsville with burial in Byrd Cemetery directed by Layton-Anderson Funeral Home. Visitation is 7-9 this evening at the funeral home.

Mrs. Jernigan died Saturday. Born in Florence Co., she was the daughter of the late Charles Vernon and Gladys Baker Hewitt. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Timmonsville.

Surviving are her husband, C.E. "Ed" Jernigan Sr.; sons, Carl Jernigan, David Jernigan, Glen Jernigan; daughters, Frances Weaver, Kay Knotts; brother, Vernon Hewitt; 15 grandchildren; three great grandchildren. 

Ruth Johnson 

COLUMBIA -- Services for Ruth Thomas Johnson will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2000, at Wateree Church of God. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held 3-9 p.m. today, and a wake will be held 7-8 this evening at J.P. Holley Funeral Home, Garners Ferry Road Chapel.

Mrs. Johnson died Friday, August 11, 2000. Born in Lykesland, she was the daughter of the late Isaac Patterson and Nora Thomas. She was a member of Wateree Church of God where she was a Sunday School teacher, president of the Youth auxiliary and Usher Board and treasurer of the World Service and Missionary Auxiliary, as well as the State Treasurer. She was a member of the Monsieur-Madame Social Club and retired from Richland County School District One as a Teachers Assistant.

Surviving are her husband, Hoover Johnson Sr.; sons, Hoover (Gail) Johnson Jr. of Aiken; Kelvin (Kim) Johnson of Irmo; daughter, Nova K. Johnson of Columbia; stepson, Ronald (Margaret) Robinson of Hopkins; brothers, Isom (Frances) Thomas of Bamberg, Calvin (Janie) Jacobs of Columbia, Kermit (Candida) Thomas of Orangeburg; sisters, Elizabeth Mack of Atlanta, Bernice Campbell of Eastover; six grandchildren. 

Randy Keels 

DARLINGTON -- Services for Randy D. Keels, 45, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2000, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment following in Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 this evening at the funeral home.

Mr. Keels died Thursday, August 10, 2000, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Born in Florence Co., he was a son of Lynn and Dale Fraser Keels. He was a pizza restaurant owner and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florence.

Surviving are his parents of Darlington; son, Matthew Dylan Keels of Surfside Beach; daughter, Savannah Laraine Keels of Surfside Beach; brothers, Jay Keels of Darlington, Steven Allen Keels of Winston-Salem. 

Edward Kelly 

CAMDEN -- Services for Edward "Red" Kelly will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cooke Memorial Chapel, Camden, with burial in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Cooke Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge.

Mr. Kelly was born in Camden. He was a son of the late Jimmie and Marie Kelly. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from the Kershaw County Medical Center.

Surviving are his wife, Willa Mae Kelly; daughters, Evelyn Higgs of New York City, Cynthia Kelly of Orlando, Fla., Lisa Balkum of Rock Hill; sisters, Ellen Saxton, Frances McCollom of Camden; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives. He was predeceased by two sons, Victor, Edward Kelly Jr. 

Mary King 

WEST COLUMBIA -- Graveside services for Mary Harper King, 96, of West Columbia, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Celestial Memorial Gardens, conducted by Phillip T. Harrison. Visitation will be 7-9 this evening at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. 

Mrs. King, widow of the late Marion King, died Sunday, August 13, 2000. Born in Darlington Co., she was a daughter of the late John Franklin and Loudonnie Coward Harper. Formerly of Charlotte, she had been a resident here since 1969 and was a member of Platt Springs United Methodist Church. She was retired from J. B. Ivey's Department Store in Charlotte in 1969.

Surviving are her daughter, Louise C. Rushing of West Columbia; son, Evans B. Cox, Jr. of Mt. Holly, N.C.; sister, Ola Brigman of Laurinburg, N.C.; half sister, Betty Talbert Denham of Florence; half brother, William Harper of Cheraw; ten grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren. 

Ryan Lawson 

CLINTON -- Services for Ryan F. Lawson, 90, of 2186 Hopewell Church Rd., will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2000, at Gray Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Rosemont Cemetery.

Mr. Lawson died Sunday, August 13, 2000, in Laurens County Hospital. Born in Union, he was a son of the late Lonnie Thompson and Mary Sumner Lawson. Mr. Lawson was a graduate of Presbyterian College. He was a member and former deacon of the Bush River Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for 70 years. He was a long time member of the Clinton Lion's Club. Mr. Lawson was also past Chairman of the Laurens County Soil and Water Conservation District, active in the establishment of the Joe R. Adair Outdoor Educational Center, charter member of the Board of Directors of the Bailey Memorial Hospital and past president of the South Carolina Hereford Breeders Association.

Surviving are his wife, Alma Whisonant Lawson of the home; daughter, Janet Lawson of Atlanta; brothers, Dr. Marion E. Lawson, Claude M. Lawson both of Clinton; sister, Mary Pauline Lawson of Clinton. 

Geneva Matthews 

PAMPLICO -- Services for Geneva Ard Matthews, 69, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Church of God of Prophecy in Florence with burial in Florence Memorial Gardens. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Matthews died Saturday. Born in Florence Co., she was a daughter of the late William Jesse and Lessie Marie Hayes Ard.

Surviving are her sons, Forrest, Donald, Carroll Matthews; daughter, Clara Padgett; brothers, Robert, Olty Ard; sisters, Jessie Brown, Clara Johnson, Aggie Dennis; seven grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Press Matthews; brother, Joseph Ard. 

Mary McElveen 

BISHOPVILLE -- Services for Mary Sue Amerson McElveen, 95, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at The Elliott Baptist Church with burial in Wells Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 this evening at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home.

Mrs. McElveen, widow of Thomas Wilson McElveen, died Saturday. Born in the Concord Community of Sumter Co., she was the daughter of John Frierson Amerson and Susan Bradley Amerson.

Surviving are her sons, C. Wayne McElveen, T.W. McElveen; grandchildren, Jennifer McElveen, Julie McPeak, Lisa Ramsey. She was preceded in death by nine brothers; five sister. 

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