Obituaries, April 12, 2013

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013

James “J.J.” Orr

James Jeremiah Orr, aka “J.J.,” 9, of New York, N.Y., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston, S.C.
He was born on December 29, 2003 in New York.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory his parents, Bishop James A. Orr and Missionary Shawna G. Orr, both of New York; two sisters, Prophetess Shameeka Orr of Atlanta, Ga. and Victoria Orr of New York; a niece, Trinty Orr of Atlanta; his grandparents, Elijah and Dorothy Gilmore of Bowman, S.C.; and a host of many other relatives and friends.
He was also the grandson of the late Margret Orr of New York
Funeral services celebrating the life of James Orr will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at The Brooklyn Tabernacle Deliverance Center, 600 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216.

Clarence Smith Sr.

Services for Mr. Clarence Smith Sr., 87, of Columbia, S.C. will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Ladson Presbyterian Church, 1720 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
Viewing and visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at the church.
Mr. Smith crossed over to glory at 11:30 a.m. on the Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md.  
He was a devoted Christian, community leader, advocate for civil rights, educator and committed member of Ladson Presbyterian Church.
He was educated in the Columbia Public School System, having graduated from Booker T. Washington High School before attending Benedict College where he received his Bachelor's degree.
Later, he attended Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), where he received his Master's Degree.
His professional work experience was in the field of education.
Mr. Smith served as a teacher at many schools in Columbia, and subsequently as Supervisor of Technical Assistance for Civil Rights (EEO) at the State Department of Education, where he remained until his retirement in 1991.
Clarence lived his married life in Georgetown until 1962 when he and his wife moved back to Columbia where he had been raised.
He served as an elder, treasurer, and chairman of the Board of Trustees at Ladson Presbyterian Church.
During his retirement years, Clarence worked diligently for the community at large.
Mr. Smith’s efforts included chairman of the Board for the Department of Social Services in Columbia, president of BARCCO — Neighborhood Council, member of the Board of Directors for Columbia Metropolitan Airport and poll manager of the Ardin Caple Precinct.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Cynthia Smith; four children, Clarice Smith Wilkins, Dr. Clarence Smith Jr., Allison Smith Wise, and Dr. Craig Smith; a sister, Geneva Richburg (Stonewall); sisters-in-law, Corrine Smith, Anna Smith and Maudest Coleman; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in Clarence's honor may be made to: Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047
Leevy's Funeral Home, Taylor Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude Wilson

Gertrude Flowers Wilson, 86, Andrews, the widow of Rev. Marvin Leo Wilson, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Tidelands Community Hospice House.
Mrs. Wilson was born the daughter of Henry Dewey Flowers and Bessie Louise Newton Flowers on December 29, 1926 in Andrews.  
She devoted her life to her family and her church.  
She served faithfully beside her husband as a minister’s wife for many years with the South Carolina Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.  
Mrs. Wilson leaves a legacy of prayer and intercession for those she loved.  
She was a faithful and dedicated member of the Andrews First Pentecostal Holiness Church where over the years she labored in the Women’s Ministry; the Golden Age Ministries; and was a member of the Willing Workers Sunday School class.  
She committed her life to acts of selfless giving, fervent prayer, and an unconditional love to earn her the distinguished title – Beloved Mother.
Gertrude and Marvin were married on February 17, 1946 and celebrated 59 years together.  
Their home was blessed with two daughters, Linda (Robin) Barrineau-Powell and Gail W. Dill; three grandchildren, Amy (MacK E) Watford, Roger (Shana) Barrineau, and Christopher Marvin Barrineau; seven grandchildren, Brent (Candyce) Watford, Thomas “Korey” (Chelsea) White, Mace E. Watford, Kolbey Watford, Hailey Watford, Savannah Barrineau, and Reece Barrineau; and two great-grandchildren, Victoria Lane Watford and Harmen “Case” White.   
She also leaves behind a brother, C.D. (Anne) Flowers; and a sister, Mattie F. Singleton.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Thomas Mark White; two brothers, Samuel J. “Pete” Flowers, and Rev. El “Leroy” Flowers; and a son-in-law, Laurice R. Barrineau Sr.
A Home Going Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Andrews First Pentecostal Holiness Church.  
Interment will follow in the Andrews Memorial Cemetery, directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, April 11, 2013, at the Andrews Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Tidelands Community Hospice House.
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wilson family.  Online condolences may be sent to McKenziechapels.com.

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