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AMOS M. SINGLETON

COCOA, Fla. — Amos McKinley Singleton died Monday, May 28, 2001. He was a son of the late Rev. Joseph Singleton and Lauritha Clark Singleton. Services will be announced courtesy of Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.

HELEN S. CAVENDISH

Helen Stone Cavendish, 77, of 401 Robbins Ave., widow of Robert J. Cavendish, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in a Florence hospital after an illness. Born in Florence County, she was a daughter of the late Edgar Jones Stone and Olive Ernestine Davis. Mrs. Cavendish was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church in Sumter. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Survivors include a daughter, Elisa Cavendish Grier of Florence; a stepson, J. Brad Cavendish of Austin, Texas; two grandsons; a nephew; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Olive Davis Price. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sumter Humane Society, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC, or to the American Diabetes Association. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home, 2402 S. Irby St., Florence. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home of Florence is in charge of arrangements.

GEORGE D. GRIFFIN

George David Griffin, 48, husband of Alice Harrelson Griffin, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at his home. Born Jan. 22, 1953, in Sumter, he was a son of Joe E. Griffin and the late Mary Bartlette Griffin. Mr. Griffin was a member of Green Acres Assembly of God Church. Survivors besides his wife and father, both of Sumter, include two sons, James A. Mount III and David Joe “D.J.” Griffin; a daughter, Dorian Strickland; a brother, Joby Griffin; four sisters, Nancy Graham, Ruby Allsbrook, Sandra Springs and Joan Yarborough, all of Sumter; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home with the Rev. Donnie Collins and the Rev. Buddy Griffith officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Springs Jr., Mark Yarborough, Wayne Allsbrook, D.J. Kelley, Wayne Poole and Cecil Mitchum Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Osteen and Allen Grooms. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at 4040 Starks Ferry Road. Memorials may be made to Tuomey Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 325, Sumter, SC 29151. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FELIX LUCKEY

BISHOPVILLE — Felix Luckey, husband of Eunice Luckey, died Monday, May 28, 2001. He was a son of the late Mable Carpenter. Mr. Luckey served in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 20 years. He was a job recruiter for several years and a volunteer recruiter for Allen University. He was a member of Cousar Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent until he became disabled. He was an elder, a clerk of session, a member of the choir and a Boy Scout leader. Survivors besides his wife include two sons, Gregory and Felix D’John; a mother-in-law, Annie Mae Dozier; a sister-in-law, Johnnie; a brother-in-law, James; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Cousar Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Phillip Mixon and the Rev. Ernest Jackson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the National Armed Service Cemetery in Florence. The casket will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Square Deal Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of arrangements.

AUGUSTINE B. MEDEIROS

Augustine Barry Medeiros, 44, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at the Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. Born Sept. 25, 1956, in Providence, R.I., he was a son of Augustine and Dorothy Medeiros. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Independence for three years. He lived in Myrtle Beach, where he was employed by the Ocean Blue Cab Co. Survivors besides his parents include a sister, Theresa Jones of Sumter; a brother, Gregory Medeiros of Sumter; two nephews, Robert Crump and Seth Medeiros of Sumter; and a niece, Mary Medeiros of Sumter. Funeral services were privately held for the family.

RALTH M. RACHOW

COLUMBIA — Ralth Martin Rachow, 40, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at 767 St. Andrews Road in Columbia. Born Feb. 25, 1961, he was a son of Robert L. Colclough and Brunhilde Loth Rachow Colclough. He attended Zweibruckn Middle School Air Force Base, Germany, and Socastee High School. He was a 1970 graduate of Manning High School. He attended Loma Linda College in Victorvile, Calif. Mr. Rachow was a member of a Presbyterian Church in Hesperia, Calif. He was employed as an assistant manager with Hilltop Restaurant in Columbia. Survivors besides his parents of Alcolu include a brother, David Colclough of Paris Island; a paternal grandmother, Rebecca Colclough of Alcolu; an uncle; an aunt; and two great-uncles. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning, with the Rev. Dr. Franklin Colclough officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

MAGGIE SWEAT

CHARLESTON — Maggie “Tuti” Sweat, widow of Clifton Sweat, died Friday, May 25, 2001, at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston. Born June 10, 1913, in Andrews, she was a daughter of the late Melvin and Annie Williams McCullough. She attended South Carolina public schools. In her youth, she became a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She was a cook and a housewife. Survivors include a brother, Willie McCullough of Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters, Sennie Mae Latta of Philadelphia, Pa., and Alamae Reed of Rochester; eight grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Josie Richburg; two sisters, Mabel Hazelton and Flossie Allison; five brothers, Wesley, Andrew, Walter, James and Sammie Moyd; two grandchildren, Elease Richburg and James Lee Richburg; and a great-grandchild, Davonta Dashun Mack. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Paxville with the Rev. Clifford Gaymon, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Canty Sr., the Rev. D.L. Grant and the Rev. J.H. Pringle. Burial will be in Calvary Baptist Church cemetery in Pinewood. The casket will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Friday. The family will receive friends at the home, Route 1, Box 620, Michelle Lane, Manning. Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.

MARSHALL WELCH

TURBEVILLE — Marshall Welch, 68, husband of Harriet Lynn Scott Welch, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at his home after a brief illness. Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Jake Welch and Hester Atkinson Welch. Mr. Welch was a construction worker and was a member of Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors besides his wife of Turbeville include two daughters, Sarah Lynn Welch Sharenberger and Marri Anne Welch, both of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Marshall Jamie Welch of Turbeville; and three brothers, Bill Welch and Jack Welch, both of Turbeville, and Tom Welch of Timmonsville. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Lonnie, Coker, J.W., Glenn and Charlie Welch. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Floyd Funeral Home, Olanta. Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta is in charge of arrangements.

JAMES L. PRICE

James Linvel Price, 84, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at McElveen Manor. Born in Johnson City, Tenn., he was a son of the late Jessie Price and Jettie Patterson Price. Mr. Price was a retired Greyhound Bus Driver and U.S. Army World War II veteran. Survivors include a daughter, Laura P. Elam of Kissimmee, Fla. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

RICKEY L. WILLIAMS

Rickey Leon Williams, 34, died Friday, May 25, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 1, 1966, in Sumter County, he was a son of Jessie Mae White and stepson of Milton White. He attended Sumter County District 2 public schools. He was employed by DeAngelo Co. at Shaw Air Force Base until his health failed. He truly loved his family and his friends. Survivors besides his mother and stepfather include a grandmother, Evelina Williams of Horatio; a brother, James Williams of Bronx, N.Y.; and a sister, Stephanie White of Dalzell. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John W. Williams; and an uncle, Abraham Harold Williams. A wake service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel at Williams Funeral Home, 821 Main St. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Willow Grove AME Church, Horatio. Burial will be in the church yard cemetery. The funeral procession will leave at 2:30 p.m. from the home of his grandmother, 3365 S.C. 261, Horatio. The family will receive friends at the home of his grandmother. Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.

MARY F. PARKER

Mary Floyd Parker, 82, widow of Virgil Parker, died this morning, June 1, 2001, at the Carriage House in Sumter. She was born in Lake City. Services will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home of Manning.

JOE L. BUTLER

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Joe Lewis Butler died Saturday, May 26, 2001, in Fort Lauderdale. Born July 27, 1950, in New Zion, S.C., he was a son of Charlotte Gouse Butler and the late Wesley Butler. He attended Clarendon County public schools. He was a member of Howard Chapel AME Church in New Zion. Survivors besides his mother of Alcolu, S.C., include a companion, Annie Pearl of Fort Lauderdale; six brothers, John Scott Butler and Wesley Butler Jr., both of New Zion, Bobby Butler of Alcolu and Sampson Butler, Mack Neal Butler and Mack Butler, all of Fort Lauderdale; and a sister, Eloise Harrison of Fort Lauderdale. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Howard Chapel AME Church in New Zion with the Rev. Edward Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, 1090 Little Star Church Road, Alcolu. Samuels Funeral Home Inc. of Manning is in charge of arrangements.

SAMMIE L. HILL JR.

WEDGEFIELD — Sammie Lee Hill Jr. of 6765 Arthur Gayle Road, husband of Sarah Thompson Hill, died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at his home. Born Nov. 11, 1942, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Robert and Maggie Canty Hill and stepson of Rosa Lee Hill. In his youth, he joined Enon Baptist Church, where he served on the usher board for many years. He was employed by Manchester State Forestry for 21 years and farmed for Clifton Kelly until his health failed. Survivors besides his wife of the home and stepmother of Sumter include two sons, Kermith L. Hill Sr. and Dwain T. Hill, both of Sumter; nine brothers, Elder Jimmie Hill, Lloyd Hill, Henry Hill, Lavern Hill, George Hill, Leroy Hill, Ronnie Hill, Larry Hill, all of Sumter, and Robert Hill of Orlando, Fla.; three sisters, Minnie Conyers and Patricia Kirkland, both of Sumter, and Edna Pringle of Orlando, Fla.; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Sammie Hill Jr.; a brother, James Hill; and a foster brother, John Canty. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Chapel, 710 Manning Ave., Sumter, with the Rev. Lewis Walker Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park. The casket will be placed in the church at noon Saturday. The family will receive friends at the home. Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.

LORETTA D. JOHNSON

RALEIGH, N.C. — Loretta “Noodle” DuBose Johnson died Thursday, May 24, 2001, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Born Aug. 4, 1968, in Pinewood, S.C., she raised by Henry DuBose Jr. and the late Mamie Dubose. She was a daughter of Allen Watson and Mamie D. Johnson. In her youth, she attended St. James Church in Pinewood. She attended Clarendon County public schools and was a 1986 graduate of Scott’s Branch High School. She attended St. Augustine’s College and Wake Technical College in Raleigh, where she received two associate degrees in environmental science technology and industrial pharmaceutical technology. She was employed by Glaxosmith Kline Co. for more than six years. She was attending North Carolina State University, pursuing an advanced degree. Survivors besides her parents include a daughter, Chassey Johnson of the home; four half-brothers, Ernest Johnson, Michael Johnson, Danny Johnson and Rayneth Crosby; and two half-sisters, Hattie Mae Pendel and Deyun Riley. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. James AME Church in Pinewood with the Rev. Sandra M. Smith, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery. The funeral procession will leave at 1:15 p.m. from the home of her grandmother, Route 1, Box 752, Bormar Trail, Pinewood. A wake service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel at Community Funeral Home in Sumter, S.C. The family will receive friends at the home of her grandmother. Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.

BELLE C. PALMER

Belle Chandler Palmer, 83, wife of Robert DuBose Palmer, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Covenant Place. Born Aug. 20, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Samuel R. Chandler and the late Belle Dinkins Chandler. Mrs. Palmer was a magna cum laude graduate of Coker College. Survivors besides her husband of 60 years Robert DuBose Palmer include a son, Philip G. Palmer of Sumter; two daughters, Anne H. Palmer of Atlanta, Ga. and Catherine P. Tillman of Savannah, Ga.; two grandchildren, Austin L. Palmer of Charlotte, N.C., and Lyn Ardis Dennis of Beaufort, S.C.; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Ellen Chandler. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. Burial will be in Sumter Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter Building Fund, P.O. Box 338, Sumter, SC 29151. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

JACOB J. VERDADES

Jacob J. Verdades, 67, of Ventura, died in the YMCA pool in his wife’s arms on Tuesday, May 29, 2001. He was doing one of the things he loved most to do: swim. “Jake” was born in Los Angeles on November 28, 1933, to Ruth Clara Weiss Verdades and Humberto Jansen Verdades. He attended both Venice and Santa Monica High Schools, graduating in 1951 from “Samo High.” He joined the United States Air Force in 1952 during the Korean Conflict and completed his tour of duty at Shaw AFB, near Sumter. It was while stationed at Shaw AFB that he met his future wife, Ida Vernon Dick, at an Elks Club dance. They were married on December 21, 1956, in Sumter, South Carolina and Vernon moved with him to Baltimore, Md., where Jake was attending Peabody Conservatory of Music. Trained as a violinist, his teacher at Peabody persuaded him to change to viola, and he soon became first-chair member of the school orchestra. He liked to say it was “because of the size of my mitt” that his professor urged him to switch. In 1960, Jake brought Vernon to California, and began working for the Hueneme School District, a position he held for 33 years. During his tenure at Hueneme, he became a Fulbright Scholar, obtaining a teacher exchange position with Dumfries School District in Dumfriesshrie, Scotland. The family traveled to Scotland with Jake and lived in Lockerbie, Scotland from 1976 to 1977. During this time he played violin with the Strathspray Fiddle and Reel Society. While living in Scotland, he discovered he had relatives in Lisbon, Portugal and in 1989, he and Vernon visited them. Jacob was a charter member of the Ventura County Symphony Orchestra, playing under the baton of the late Frank Salazar. When on Sabbatical (1969-1970) at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., he played viola with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra under Thor Johnson. In recent years, he has played with the Long Bay Symphony of Myrtle Beach, under the direction of Charles Jones Evans. Jake is survived by his wife, Vernon, his daughters, Wendy Megan, Alicia Renne and Jacqueline Anne, and by a granddaughter, Angela Margaretta Frisbie. Jake was preceded in death by his sister, Isabella Eva Verdades Garza, and is survived by her children, Marina Garza, Manuel Humberto Garza, and David Garza, who each leave children, a niece, Sophia, a niece, Adrienne, and a nephew, Alec. A celebration of Jake’s life will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura, Calif., with the Rev. John Martin and the Rev. William Weinerth officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Surfrider Fund, 239 W. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001, the Ventura County Medical Center, 3291 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003, or a charity of one’s choice. Jacob has been entrusted to the care of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home of Ventura, Calif.

RAE K. WODIS

Rae K. Wodis, 89, widow of Harvey Wodis, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, Ill. Born in Poland in 1911, she immigrated to America with her family at the age of 9, at which time they settled in Chicago. Residents of Galesburg since 1947, Mrs. Wodis and her husband were very active in their community and were among the founding members of Temple Shalom there. Mrs. Wodis was also very active in The National Council of Jewish Women and served as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital for many years. Survivors include two daughters, Lynn Sherman of Rockwall, Texas, and Deane Ackerman and her husband, Roger, of Sumter; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Jewish Cemetery with Rabbi Mark Kline officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Ackerman, Steve Menaker, Tim Jurs, Hugh Humphries, Hubert Osteen, Dr. Charles Propst and Abe Stern. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the home of Deane and Roger Ackerman.

VIRGINIA W. WEBSTER

Virginia Wagner Webster, 90, widow of Walter C. Webster Jr., died Monday, May 28, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Newport News, Va., she was a daughter of the late Adolph and Anna Virginia Watts Wagner. She was an avid bridge player and a member of Sunset Country Club. She was a resident at Covenant Place and a member of the Church of the Holy Cross. Survivors include a son, Walter C. Webster III and his wife, Marcia, of Sumter; a sister, Barbara Wagner Smith of Richmond, Va.; and two grandchildren, Jessica Anne and Natalie Mary Webster, both of Sumter. She was preceded in death by a brother, A. Watts Wagner. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Bullock Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Archer officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bullock Funeral Home and other times at the home. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, 2955 Hermitage Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. Bullock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LUCY M. FLEMING

Lucy Lucille Maynard Fleming, 76, widow of James Edward Fleming, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Largo, Fla., she was a daughter of the late Charles Maynard and the late Mary Maynard. Mrs. Fleming was a member of Green Acres Assembly of God Church, a partner in “What A Change In My Life Ministries” and faithful at visiting the hospital and nursing homes. Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Ann Clemmons, Rhonda Lucille Umbarger and Dale Elaine Huggins, all of Sumter, and Sara Jean Jeffcoat of Columbia; a brother, Jack Dempsey Maynard of Sumter; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Leroy Randy Fleming. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Green Acres Assembly of God Church with the Revs. Donnie Collins and Wendell Hendrix officiating. Burial will be in Green Acres Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons Eric DuBose, Jamie Allen Clemmons, Christopher A. Clemmons, Frankie Umbarger, Joshua Umbarger, William E. Davis and Brandon J. Huggins. Honorary pallbearers will be sons-in-law Allen Clemmons, Mark Huggins, Tony Jeffcoat and Billy Umbarger. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Huggins, 213 Thomas Drive. Memorials may be made to Green Acres Assembly of God Church. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

RAE WODIS

Rae K. Wodis, 89, widow of Harvey Wodis, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, Illinois. Born in Poland in 1911, she immigrated to America with her family at the age of nine, at which time they settled in Chicago. As residents of Galesburg since 1947, Mrs. Wodis and her husband were very active in their community and were among the founding members of Temple Shalom there. Mrs. Wodis was also very active in The National Council of Jewish Women and served as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital for many years. Surviving are two daughters, Lynn Sherman of Rockwall, Texas, and Deane Ackerman and her husband Roger of Sumter; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Jewish Cemetery with Rabbi Mark Kline officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Ackerman, Steve Menaker, Tim Jurs, Hugh Humphries, Hubert Osteen, Dr. Charles Propst and Abe Stern. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the home of Deane and Roger Ackerman. Memorials may be made to The C.A.R.T. Fund (for Alzheimer’s research) % the Sumter Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1666, Sumter, S.C., or to a charity of one’s choice. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

BERNICE HUGGINS

Bernice Davis Huggins, 75, wife of Clarence L. Huggins, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at her home. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Davis and the late Fannie Prescott Davis. She was a member of Lewis Chapel United Methodist Church. Survivors other than her husband include three sons, Gene Huggins, James Huggins and his wife Linda, and Alfred Huggins and his wife Betty, all of Alcolu; eight grandchildren, Lesley H. Kelly and her husband Rich of Columbia, Le Huggins and his wife Marie of Sumter, Craig Huggins and his wife, Kristi of Jacksonville, Fla., Kevin Huggins of Columbia, Lisa H. Tisdale and her husband, Alex, of Sumter, Misty Huggins of Alcolu, Tanis Huggins of Jacksonville, Fla., and Justin Huggins of Alcolu; and three great-grandchildren, Justin Mims, Richie Kelly and Brittany Parker. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Lewis Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerry Watson officiating. Burial will follow in Brunson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2630 Ike Brunson Road. Memorials may be made to Lewis Chapel United Methodist Church or to Hospice Care of Tri-County, 111 Executive Pointe Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

BONNIE SMITH

MYRTLE BEACH — Bonnie Berry Smith, 76, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Conway Hospital following an illness. Born Oct. 9, 1924, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Maggie Berry, She was a longtime resident of Myrtle Beach and a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was on the original staff of The Sun News and was head of membership and publications for the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce until her retirement in 1987. Survivors include a son, Wade Smith and his wife, Sabrina McLamb of Little River; two grandchildren, Wiley and Taylor; three sisters, Cartha Hopkins of Bishopville, Wanda Suaso of Rock Hill and Joye Nesbitt of Myrtle Beach; and two brothers, Ellis Berry of Ashwood and Howell Berry of Little Mountain. She was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach. A second memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ashwood Baptist Church in Ashwood. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Resarch, 2200 W. Main St., A-230, Durham, NC 27705 or Davis Cemetery Fund, 1111 Rainbow Circle, Catawba, S.C. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

GRACIE EPPS

ALCOLU — Gracie Tomlin Epps, 87, of Route 1, Box 1800, Goward Road in Alcolu, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at her home. She was a daughter of the late Edward Tomlin and Mary Davis Tomlin. The family will receive friends at the home. Samuels Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of the arrangements.

JOSEPH ANDERSON

Joseph Anderson Jr., 79, husband of Eloise Howard Anderson, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at Mariner Health Care West Born December 8, 1922, in Lee County, he was a son of the late Joseph Anderson and Sally Lou Abraham Anderson. He was educated in the public schools of Lee County. At an early age, he joined Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church and later moved to New York City where he became affiliated with Emmanuel AME Church. He served faithfully as an usher and trustee until he relocated to South Carolina. He was employed at Ajack Cartergater Co. for 46 years. He was a life member of Alpha Lodge #59. After retiring in 1986, he returned to Mayesville and reinstated his membership with Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church where he served until his illness. Survivors other than his wife include two sons, Bernard Anderson of New York and Joseph Anderson III of Mayesville; a brother, Wash Anderson of New York; four sisters, Carrie Anderson and Rena A. Burrell of New York, Sarah J. Dean of Sumter and Willie Mae Anderson of Mayesville; and 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Bertram Anderson; a daughter, Eva Mae Anderson; a grandson, Jerome Anderson; and three sisters, Anna Mae Douglas, Sallie Samuel and Ella Mae Anderson. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church in St. Charles with the Rev. Willie Lawson officiating, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Clyde A. Anderson, the Rev. John Alsbrook, the Rev. Joshue Dupree, the Rev. Willie Anderson and the Rev. Thomas Anderson. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Alpha Lodge #59 of New York City. Floral bearers will be nieces. The funeral procession will leave at 12:30 p.m. from the home at 350 Wilson St., Mayesville. The remains will be placed in the church at noon Monday. Williams Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.

BERNICE ROCK

Bernice Porter Rock, 82, widow of Lander Rock, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Mariner Health Care West Nursing Home. Born March 10, 1919, in Sumter, she was the daughter of the late Lafayette and Tama Holmes Porter. The family will receive friends at 955 Oswego Road. Services will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc.

LOUISE G. BOONE

Louise Gregg Boone, widow of Oliver P. Boone, died this morning, June 4, 2001, at the Life Care Nursing Facility in Columbia. Born April 2, 1921, in Elloree, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Almeta Brigman Gregg. The family will receive friends at the home of Frances Sanders, 802 Harvin St. Services will be announced by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. of Sumter.

REV. CHRISTOPHER C. BURGESS

The Rev. Christopher C. Burgess, husband of Dr. Agnes Hildebrand Wilson Burgess, died this morning, June 4, 2001, at Mariner Health of Sumter West. Born March 25, 1908, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Rev. G.B. Burgess and Rosa Dukes Burgess. He was a retired AME minister. Services will be announced by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. of Sumter.

LULA S. MARCH

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lula Belle Stuckey March, widow of Willie March, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, in Washington, D.C. Services will be announced by Square Deal Funeral Home of Bishopville.

EDDIE L. SIMON

BISHOPVILLE — Eddie Lee Simon, brother of Mary Simon Bradley, died this morning, June 4, 2001, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, 407 Bradley Road, Bishopville. Services will be announced by Wilson’s Funeral Home of Bishopville.

JOSEPH ANDERSON

Joseph Anderson Jr., 79, husband of Eloise Howard Anderson, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at Mariner Health Care West. Born Dec. 8, 1922, in Lee County, he was a son of the late Joseph Anderson and Sally Lou Abraham Anderson. He attended Lee County public schools. At an early age, he joined Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church and later moved to New York City, where he became affiliated with Emmanuel AME Church. He served faithfully as an usher and trustee until he relocated to South Carolina. He was employed at Ajack Cartergater Co. for 46 years. He was a life member of Alpha Lodge No. 59. After retiring in 1986, he returned to Mayesville and reinstated his membership with Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, where he served until his illness. Survivors other than his wife of 57 years include two sons, Bernard Anderson of New York and Joseph Anderson III of Mayesville; a brother, Wash Anderson of New York; four sisters, Carrie Anderson and Rena A. Burrell of New York, Sarah J. Dean of Sumter and Willie Mae Anderson of Mayesville; two nephews, Leander Anderson of Sumter and Dyron V. Anderson of Columbia; a cousin, Johnny Dean Jr. of Sumter; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Bertram Anderson; a daughter, Eva Mae Anderson; a grandson, Jerome Anderson; three brothers, George Anderson Sr., Eli Anderson and Samuel Anderson; three sisters, Anna Mae Douglas, Sallie Samuel and Ella Mae Anderson. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church in St. Charles with the Rev. Willie Lawson officiating, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Clyde A. Anderson, the Rev. John Alsbrook, the Rev. Joshue Dupree, the Rev. Willie Anderson and the Rev. Thomas Anderson. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Alpha Lodge No. 59 of New York City. Floral bearers will be nieces. The funeral procession will leave at 12:30 p.m. from the home at 350 Wilson St., Mayesville. The casket will be placed in the church at noon today. Williams Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.

JAMES BLYTHER

BISHOPVILLE — James Blyther, 43, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late John and Virginia Blyther. Mr. Blyther attended Lee County public schools. He attended Gum Spring Baptist Church in Lee County. Survivors include a son, James Adams; a brother, Charles Blyther of Bishopville; six sisters, Mamie Lee Blyther, Mary Wilson, Bertha Blyther, Hattie Bell Blyther and Virginia Blyther, all of Bishopville, and Doris Blyther of Arlington, Va.; two uncles; four aunts; and a special friend, Brenda Johnson. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m Tuesday at Gum Spring Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernest Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at 205 Truman Road, Bishopville. Square Deal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PATRICK CONYERS

MANNING — Patrick Conyers, 22, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning. Born Dec. 14, 1978, in Clarendon County, he was a son of Lucille Conyers and James Dingle. Mr. Conyers attended Clarendon County public schools. He graduated from Cornerstone Christian Correspondence School in Atlanta, Ga. Survivors besides his parents include a half-brother, Chris Dingle of Sumter; a stepbrother, Douglas Gallishaw of Manning; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Inperial Dingle of Jordan; and a paternal great-grandfather, Smith Wallace of Manning. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson Grove UAFW Baptist Church in Manning with Elderess Wessie B. Gamble, pastor, officiating, assisted by Bishop L.H. Burns. Burial will be in Muldrow Cemetery, S.C. 261 East, Manning. The family will receive friends at the home of his aunt, Donyell Conyers, Route 2, Box 506, Paddock Road, Manning. Samuels Funeral Home Inc. of Manning is in charge of arrangements.

ANNIE M. DOZIER

BISHOPVILLE — Annie Mae Dozier, the mother of Eunice Luckey, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Carolina Pines Regional Center in Hartsville. A wake service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Square Deal Funeral Home. Burial will be in Green Acres Cemetery in Columbus, Ga. The family will receive friends at 408 Felder St. in Bishopville. Square Deal Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of arrangements.


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