Miscellaneous Horry County, South Carolina Obituaries

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Posted on Tue, Nov. 19, 2002 


Benji N. Blanton

GREEN SEA | Benji Newton Blanton, 27, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002. 

He was born in Horry County, a son of Randy and Gail Jackson Blanton. 

He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Coker College, where he played baseball for the Cobras. He also played C&B Baseball and HTC softball and umpired for the Green Sea and Loris leagues. 

Survivors, in addition to his parents of Green Sea, include paternal grandparents, Waldo and Marjorie Blanton of Nichols; and a sister, Jill Blanton of Green Sea. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Meares Funeral Home in Mullins. 

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Meares Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Blanton Cemetery

Memorials may be made to the Green Sea-Floyds Recreation Department, President Dale Blanton, 3435 Reynolds Road, Loris, SC 29569. 

Steve H. Caughman

LEXINGTON | Steve H. Caughman, 61, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002. 

He was born in Lexington, a son of Ruth Wingard Caughman and the late R. H. Caughman. 

He was co-founder and owner of Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes and Crematory and Bush River Memorial Gardens. He was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1959. He was a member of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors from 1967 to 1970, and served as treasurer in 1969. He was a member and past president of the S.C. State Board of Funeral Service from 1990 to 1993. He was a member of the Lexington Masonic Lodge No. 512, charter member of the Lexington County Club and former member of the Lexington Jaycee's. Survivors include his wife, Virl Swygert Caughman of Lexington; sons, Todd Caughman of Leesville, Brent Caughman of Lexington; mother, Ruth Wingard Caughman of Lexington; grandchildren, Nikki, Jessica, Hampton, Hunter and Caitlin Caughman and Jimmy Compton of Lexington; three nieces and one nephew. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes, Lexington chapel. 

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Stephen's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The Rev. L. Howard Maltby, the Rev. Butch Powell and the Rev. Mark Bredholt will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be Herman Arnold, Vic Barwick, Thad Bruner, Joe Clark, Smokey Davis, Earl Haynes, Danny Varn and Johnny Wingard. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Butch Bledsoe, Grover Boykin, Tom Cherry, Norman Flynn, Gene Gainey, Dr. R.B. Harmon II, James Shealy, Guerry Taylor, Dennis Waldrop, his card buddies and past and present funeral home employees. 

A special thank you to Dr. Scott Boyd and the doctors and nurses at Lexington Medical Center for their special care and love. 

Memorials may be made to Saint Alban's Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072 or Saint Stephen's Lutheran Church, 119 N. Church St., Lexington, SC 29072 or to the charity of one's choice. 

Johnny Cunningham

GEORGETOWN | Johnny Forrest "John" Cunningham, 62, retired maintenance planning analyst with International Paper Co., died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Kindred Healthcare in Charleston. 

He was born June 1, 1940, in Bennettsville, a son of the late Forrest Frank "Buck" Cunningham and Rena Blanche Phillips Cunningham. 

He was a lifetime resident of Georgetown and retired from International Paper Co. after 13 years. He served in the Navy on the USS Kitty Hawk and was also in the Naval Reserve Forces. He was a member of North Hampton Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the Pine Tree Club. 

He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ann Payne. 

Survivors include his wife, Mamie Evans Cunningham of Georgetown; two sons, Greg F. Cunningham, and his wife, Kathy, of Georgetown and John Perry Cunningham of Greenville; a daughter, Tracey J. Cunningham of Georgetown; two brothers, Charles F. Cunningham and Sammy J. Cunningham, both of Georgetown; and two grandchildren. 

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Jack Mobley and The Rev. Hampton Perry will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to the Medical University of South Carolina, Children's Hospital, 171 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29425. 

Annie M. Hunt

CONWAY | Annie Mae Hunt, 76, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Conway Hospital after an illness. 

Arrangements to be announced by Latimer's Funeral Home. 

Robert D. Lawrence

CONWAY | Robert D. Lawrence, 47, of Gardinia Lane, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at home. 

Arrangements to be announced by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway chapel. 

Wyman A. Main

ANDREWS | Wyman Anderson Main, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at home. 

Survivors include a brother, Dennis C. Main and his wife, Martha Louise, of Lake City; a nephew and two nieces. 

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Andrews. The Rev. L. Michael Mills will officiate. A private inurnment service will take place at a later date. 

Mayer Funeral Home is in charge. 

Marjorie E. McKinney

CONWAY | Marjorie E. McKinney, 79, wife of Loren McKinney, of Pee Dee Highway, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at Conway Hospital. 

She was born in Norfield, Minn., a daughter of the late Walter E. and Mary H. Phillips Schoen. 

She was a member of the Georgetown Church of Christ. 

Survivors, in addition to her husband of Conway, include a daughter, Lorna Spruill of Conway; a brother, Orval Schoen of Portland, Ore.; and two grandchildren. 

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ponder Cemetery in Doniphan, Mo. 

An online guest book is available at http://www.goldfinch.cc. 

Memorials may be made to Southeastern Children Home, P.O. Box 339, Duncan, SC 29334 or to Harding University, P.O. Box 12238, Searcy, AR 72149. 

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway chapel, is in charge of local arrangements. 

Georgie M. Moore

HEMINGWAY | Georgie Mae Marsh Moore, widow of George B. Moore, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at a Georgetown hospital. 

Arrangements to be announced by Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway. 

Charles T. 'Obie' O'Brien

MURRELLS INLET | Charles Thomas "Obie" O'Brien died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at home after an illness. 

He was born July 19, 1924, in Norwalk, Conn., a son of the late Mary Christiano and William Thomas O'Brien. 

He was a graduate of Norwalk High School and Manhattan College in New York. He was a Marine Corps veteran with the 2nd Division serving in the South Pacific. He was an avid sports fan and was instrumental in establishing Pop Warner football and Little League baseball in Norwalk. He owned and operated the Hi-Ho restaurant and worked for City Redevelopment Agency and Briggs Tire Co. 

He and his wife retired to Murrells Inlet in 1986. He regularly participated in the local high-school and college games and the Beach Ball Classic. He worked for the Pelicans and at Island Green and Deerfield golf courses. 

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and a friend of Bill W. 

He was predeceased by a son, Michael David O'Brien. 

Survivors include his wife, Regina Schofield O'Brien; a son, Charles Thomas; three grandchildren, Casey, Betsy and Charlie O'Brien of Norwalk; a daughter, Jeanne O'Brien Barry and her husband, John, of Alpharetta, Ga., and their daughters, Jessica and Jacalyn. 

A memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Saint Michael's Catholic Church. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or InCare Hospice, 4685 U.S. 17 S. Bypass, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. 

Lucille H. Wiggins

GEORGETOWN | Lucille Hanna Morris Wiggins, 88, widow of Robert "RB" Morris and Bryant W. Wiggins Sr., died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at a Mount Pleasant nursing home. 

She was born Dec. 11, 1913, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of Franklin Benjamin Preston Hanna and Cassie Matthews Hanna. 

She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, a Godly woman and a Christian example to everyone. 

She was predeceased by her husbands; two grandchildren, Carl Kevin Morris and Thomas James Powell; one great-grandchild, Emily Elaine Powell; four stepsons, Hamar Jefferson Morris, Robert Daniel Morris, Oscar Rewis Morris and Thomas Edward Morris. 

Survivors include three sons, James E. Morris, Carl L. Morris and his wife, Betty, of Georgetown and Harold D. Morris of Atlanta; a daughter, Jean M. Marion and her husband, John, of Cross; four stepsons, Bryant Wiggins Jr., Eugene Wiggins, Sheldon Wiggins and Donald Wiggins; five stepdaughters, Sadie M. Bluestein, Caroline Balough, Estelle Tasse, LeVenia Wiggins and Dorothy Carpenter; three brothers, Jeff Hanna and Liston Hanna of Hemingway and Carl Golden Hanna of Summerville; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at McKenzie Funeral Home, Georgetown chapel. 

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery

Lenore W. Wilson

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | Lenore Welch Wilson died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, after an illness. 

She was born Nov. 16, 1916, a daughter of Thomas and Josie Welch of Cookville, Tenn. 

She was an avid reader, gardener, bird watcher and a quilter. 

She was predeceased by her husband, James Lester Wilson; and a son, James Lester Wilson Jr. 

Survivors include two daughters, Dottie Wilson of the home and Judi Flowers of Sumter; grandchildren, Tony and Nick Culbreth and Gina Mott of Chapel Hill, Jimmy Wilson of Florence, Tommy Flowers of Jacksonville, Fla., and Todd Flowers of Conway; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. 

A memorial service was held on Sunday at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lee Edwards officiated. 

Walker's Funeral Home in Chapel Hill is in charge.

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