Obituaries, December 5, 2012

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Elizabeth Canada

A graveside funeral service for Elizabeth “Beth” Rowe Canada was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Quaker Cemetery.
The Rev. Steve Patterson, Jr. and the Rev. David Weaver officiated.
The family received friends after the service at the Family Life Center of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, where she was a member and a former Sunday School teacher.
Beth died on November 30, 2012. She was born in Sumter on November 27, 1936.
Her parents were Aletha “Tot” Walker Rowe and Carl O. Rowe.
She was a graduate of Limestone College, and prior to her marriage, she taught in the Charleston area for several years.
Her favorite pastime was gardening, and she was never happier than when working in her yard.
In addition to her husband of 47 years, C.C. Canada, she is survived by two sons, Carrington Shaw “Cash” Canada and his wife Kimberly, and Walker Player Canada and his wife Liz; one brother, Carl O. Rowe Jr., and his wife Diane; and one granddaughter, Katherine Vivian Canada.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 or to Kershaw Health Hospice, 124 Battleship Road, Camden, SC 29020 or the charity of one’s choice-803-425-1916.
The family would like to thank Kershaw Health Hospice for the love and care which they always expressed.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Canada family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.

Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca Jane Ward Cooper, 75, widow of Jessie James Cooper, Sr., passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Ron McNair Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Lake City.
Born on May 13, 1937, in Williamsburg County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Ward and the late Lizzie Cox Ward. Mrs. Cooper was of the Holiness faith.
Survivors include five sons, Donald Weavil (Debbie) of Georgetown, David Weavil of Georgetown, Daniel Bromell of TN, Jessie J. Cooper, Jr. (Theresa) of Georgetown and John A. Cooper (Judy) of Garden City; six grandchildren, Courtney Jackson, Tiffany Cooper, Nicki Cates, Lee Watts, Kevin Cox and Kenneth Cox; six great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Annette Stewart; and numerous brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in the Graham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark C. Potter officiating.
Burial followed in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Graham Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Ron McNair Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 56 Genesis Drive, Lake City, SC 29560.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown was in charge of the arrangements and condolences may be sent to www.grahamfuneralhome.org.

Vernell Greene
Vernell Greene, 61, formerly of Georgetown, S.C., died on Monday, November 26, 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut.  
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Friendship St. Mary A.M.E. Church in the Annie Village Community of Georgetown, S.C.
Ms. Greene was born on May 8, 1951 in Georgetown, South Carolina, a daughter of Mr. James Greene, Sr. and Mrs. Viola Tucker Greene.  
She was a member of Friendship St. Mary A.M.E. Church since early youth and was a 1969 graduate of Choppee High School.  
After relocating to New Haven, Conn., for several years she was employed by Gant Shirtmaker and Southern Connecticut State University.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Torrance Greene and Mary Kelly-Greene of New Haven, Conn.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her mother, Viola Greene of Georgetown, S.C.; two sisters, Beaulah Reddick  and Ida Greene also of New Haven, Conn.; and an aunt, Yvonne Tucker of Georgetown, S.C.

Jake Howard Jr.

Jake Pyatt “Papa Jake” Howard Jr., 84, the beloved husband of Bessie Capps Howard of Andrews, S.C., went home to be with the Lord, Monday morning, December 3, 2012, at his residence.
He was born the son of Jake Pyatt Howard Sr. and Annabelle Johnson Howard on September 27, 1928 in Georgetown.  
He was a farmer and a member of the Holy Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved reminding everyone “Didn’t God make a beautiful world.”  
Jake and Bessie were married on September 16, 1950 and celebrated 62 years together.  
Their home was blessed with four children, Wendell (Kathy) Howard, Patsy (Michael) Tanner, Michael (Faye) Howard, and Sonya (Charles) Creel; six grandchildren, Kim (Timmy) Elliott, Melissa Howard, Mikie (Jessica) Tanner, Adam (Theresa) Tanner, Lisa Howard, and Jessica (Sam) Rogers; and 10 great-grandchildren, Ashley Elliott, Macie Elliott, Jake Tanner, Haley Marie Tanner, Hunter Tanner, Evan Tanner, Madison Beamon, Haley Beamon Anna Rogers, and Jase Rogers.  
He also leaves behind four brothers, Oliver (Letha) Howard, Olin (Elaine) Howard, Vernon (Penny) Howard, and Sidney (Delores) Howard; and three sisters, Leona Scott, Alberta (John) Gainey, and Viola (Eddy) Knight.
He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Pete Howard, Durant Howard, and Walter Howard; and a sister, Inez Thibeault.
A Home Going Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at the Holy Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery, directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012 at the Andrews Chapel.
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Howard family.  
Online condolences may be sent at McKenziechapels.com.
Cynthia Jeffcoat

Cynthia Renee Jeffcoat of Georgetown, S.C. died November 30, 2012, after a year-long battle with cancer.
She died in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Cyndi loved teaching and was a long-time science teacher at Rosemary Middle School, Andrews, S.C.
Born March 13, 1955 in Columbia, S.C., she was the daughter of Doris (Dot) Joyner Jeffcoat and the late Alex Hoyt Jeffcoat.
She graduated from Columbia College and earned her Masters from Coastal Carolina University.  
She was National Board Certified and recognized as Teacher of the Year by her school.
Active in her church, Cyndi was a Sunday School teacher, youth worker, choir member, handbell ringer and volunteer at First Baptist Church, Georgetown.
Second only to her deep faith, Cyndi  most cherished her family, including her mother of Georgetown, and brothers and  beloved sisters-in-law, Robert(Bob) and Elaine Jeffcoat, Durham, N.C.; Mark and Barbara Jeffcoat, Lexington, S.C.; Jon and Marilyn Jeffcoat, Orlando, Fla.; and David and Kathy Jeffcoat, Seneca, S.C.; nieces, Karen Jeffcoat Hudson (Chad) and Lisa Jeffcoat; nephews, James Jeffcoat (Kristi), Stephen Jeffcoat, Timothy Jeffcoat and Jonathan Jeffcoat; four great-nephews, Jesse, Colin and Zeke Hudson; and Alex Jeffcoat; and cherished friend, Wayne Shoemake, Georgetown, S.C.
Funeral service were held at 10 a.m., Monday, December 3, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Georgetown.  
The family received friends from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the church.
Burial was at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, at 3:30 p.m.
The family received Columbia area friends after the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Baptist Church, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC, 29440; or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.  The family would like to express gratitude to Dr. Sarah Adams and Tidelands Community Hospice.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements and condolences may be sent to www.grahamfuneralhome.org.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Frances Fleming Kennedy, 66, the beloved wife of William Joseph Kennedy of Georgetown, S.C., departed this life Thursday morning, November 29, 2012 at Tidelands Community Hospice.
Sarah was born the daughter of Benjamin McLaurin (Mac) Fleming and Georgia Lewis Fleming on October  8, 1946 in Conway.   
Sarah joined older brother Irvin and step brothers Jack and Johnny Lewis and a step sister Minnie Belle Lewis who would marry Willard Layfield.
By 1950 the family moved to Georgetown where Sarah would attend public schools (Maryville Elementary and Winyah junior and senior high schools).  
She was an exceptional student graduating from Winyah High School class of 1964 with honors having been an academically advanced student who also participated in thespian activities and chorus.  
She became a member of the First Baptist Church in Georgetown attending Sunday School, Sunday and Wednesday services, and singing in the choir.  
She excelled as a student at Coastal College in Conway and the University of South Carolina Columbia where she earned her Bachelor Arts and teaching credential with the State in January 1969.  
Her talent likewise shined-through performing as a soloist in church and eventually for community venues throughout the Grand Strand (churches, charities, etc.).
She returned to Georgetown after graduating from USC to help care for her aging parents.  
Sarah taught in private academies in Hemingway until 1977 when she began teaching in the public schools of Georgetown.  
Her 37-year career included teaching at Choppee High School, Georgetown High School.  
There were numerous appointments as Outstanding Teacher in several national and international professional organizations (social studies, history economics and English too) and Who's Who in American Education became an annual distinction.
She was a fellow of the SC Writing Project based at the University of SC and its satellite campus at Coastal where she completed her Master's degree in 1976.
Sarah was an active participating member of First Baptist Church in Georgetown and performed with the choir throughout the 1970's.  
She began to long for a deeper commitment to her faith life and so began searching for God in other denominations available in Georgetown. By 1981 she found her answer by converting to Catholicism.  
She found it to be invigorating and spiritual beyond her imagination.  Being a History teacher she felt it made perfect sense that she become a Confirmed Catholic to embrace God's unconditional Love (Agape) and counteract the prevailing ills of other denominations with what she termed Churchianity (being less than genuine in Christianity).  
She remained a devout Catholic for over thirty years being an active member and officer of parish groups: Catholic Women's Club, St. Mary's Altar Society, and Choir as well as numerous committees, boards, and advisory groups.   
She taught Sunday school classes including the First Communion groups, organized fund raisers, children's Choir, Christmas programs, dinners, receptions, bake sales and was a co-founder of the very successful Fall Festival that boasts twenty years of continuity and has accomplished the expansion of the parish properties to include church, priest's residence, brick house and newly built Parish Life Center and office complex, as well as renovation to the bell tower and stained glass windows.  She researched, wrote and published the history for the centennial celebration (2002) at St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom.
In 1979 she met William Joseph Kennedy of Schenectady, New York teaching at Choppee and attending St. Mary's Church.  Bill also taught and resided at Tara Hall Home for Boys.  Sarah added the Boys' Home to her large list of charitable activities and on November 20th 1982 she and Bill were married at St. Mary's Church. The church was attended by a standing room only crowd.  
The bride's side filled with numerous family, relations, and friends while the groom's side was equally crowded bolstered by the Tara Hall boys and staff, and professional affiliations from the educational community.
Sarah was eager to start a family and their son William Joseph Kennedy 3rd was born on April 17th, 1983.  Mary Catherine Kennedy (named for her fraternal grandmother) came into this world right on schedule December 12, 1985.  Both children graduated from Georgetown Public schools and participated in sports, extra curricular activities achieving honor roll status throughout.  During this time Sarah honed her skills in cooking, baking, catering, cross stitching, sewing, writing, and painting.  
She always said that she could do anything if she put her mind to it.
Both children have graduated college and continued in professional careers. Billy married on June 25, 2011 and Mary Catherine continued in her studies earning her Masters in Communications from Ohio University where she currently teaches undergraduate studies and is (abd) all but dissertation in her PhD program.  
Billy and wife Lisa were blessed with a son November 19, 2012 welcoming William McLaurin (Liam) Kennedy at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Liam was successfully introduced to Nanna (Sarah) November 24, 2012 at Hospice Inn; guests present were Mommy (Lisa),  Daddy (Billy), Aunt Mary Catherine, and grinning grandpa, William J. Kennedy (Poppy).
Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012, at St. Mary, Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church, directed by Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
The Wake Service was from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, December 2, 2012 in the St Mary, Our Lady of Ransom Parish Hall.
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kennedy family.  
Online condolences may be sent at McKenziechapels.com.

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