Obituaries, January 5, 2013

  • Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Updated Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:38 pm

Elsie Ellington Elsie Waters Ellington, 87, of Georgetown, S.C., artist and wife of the late J. Burns Ellington, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Ellington was born in Florence on April 6, 1925, daughter of the late Cyril A. Waters and Elsie Firesheets Waters.   She graduated from Florence High School and Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.   Mrs. Ellington studied art at Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and with William Halseys in Charleston.   She received a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the University of South Carolina.   Mrs. Ellington taught art in Greenville, Kingstree, and Georgetown.   She was the first public school art educator in Georgetown and retired in 1989. Mrs. Ellington was a member of the First Baptist Church, First Baptist Historical Society Committee, and a former Primary Dept. Sunday School Teacher.   She was also an avid member of the church Three Hundred Year Celebratory Committee and donated an oil painting of the church sanctuary to the church.   Mrs. Ellington was a member of the Georgetown Water Color Society, the South Carolina Water Color Society, and the Rice Museum.   She was a member and past president of the Arthur Manigault Chapter #63, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Survivors include a daughter, Livian Hodge-Lyerly of Andrews; a son, John Cyril Ellington of Dallas, Texas; and grandsons, Travis L. White of Georgetown and Khristopher Ellington and Mikeal Ellington, both of Dallas, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, January 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church.   Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Ted A. Sherrill.   Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday prior to the service in the First Baptist Church Parlor. The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440. The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Carlton Gibson   Carlton “Whitey” Gibson, 79, of Ocala, Fla., died on Friday, December 28, 2012.   Mr. Gibson was born in Georgetown and graduated from Winyah High School and Clemson University.   He was retired as project manager from the former Rust Engineering of Birmingham, Ala. and The Harris Group of Portland, Oregon.   He lived in several different states during his working years, but he always referred to Georgetown as home. Mr. Gibson was the son of Corrie Mae Lambert Gibson and Robert Henry Gibson of Georgetown.   He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Lee Hall Gibson of Ocala, Fla.; a son, Clifford Gibson (Karen) of Atlanta, Ga.; and four beloved granddaughters.   He is also survived by a sister, Aldean Moore (Harry) and brother-in-law, Billy Hall (Anita), all of Georgetown.   He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Carlton B. Gibson.   A memorial service for Mr. Gibson was held at Ocala West United Methodist Church in Ocala, Fla. A memorial service at a later date will be held in Georgetown. Lonnie Lewis  Lonnie Wayne Lewis, 63, of Hemingway, S.C., a lifelong resident of the Carver’s Bay Community in Georgetown County, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013, at Tidelands Community Hospice in Georgetown after a brief illness. Mr. Lewis was born on January 12, 1949, in Hemingway, a son of the late Lonnie Hamilton Lewis and the late Wilma Douglas Lewis.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy and retired from the Georgetown Steel Corporation after 30 years.  He enjoyed gardening, was an avid fisherman, and found great pleasure in spending time with his family and friends.  He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Susan Huggins Lewis; two sons, Nicholas (Dayne) Lewis of Florence and Christopher Lewis of Conway; three grandchildren, Xaviar Lewis, Gavin Lewis, and Cynthia Claire Lewis.  Mr. Lewis was predeceased by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church.  Burial, directed by Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway, will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Morris Funeral Home, 416 N. Main St., Hemingway, SC, 29554. Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC, 29440, or to Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Dale Johnson, 2044 Capitola Road, Johnsonville, SC, 29555.                             Please sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com Priscilla Pearson Linen-Knox Funeral Home announces the Memorial Services for Ms. Priscilla Pearson, age 42, of Johnsonville, S.C. She was the daughter of Mrs. Rosezell Pearson and the late Mr. Freddie L. Pearson Sr. Ms. Pearson died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. She is the ex-wife of Mr. Josiah Ojediran of Columbia, S.C. Memorial Services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Nazareth AME Church in the Choppee Community of Georgetown, with the Rev. Joe Knowlin, pastor, presiding and the Rev. Horace Holmes, pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. officiating. Ms. Pearson is survived by her mother, Mrs. Rosezell Pearson of Georgetown; her ex-husband, Mr. Josiah Ojediran of Columbia, S.C.; twin daughters, Miss Taiwo Ojediran and Miss Kehinde Ojediran, both of Columbia, S.C.; two brothers, Mr. Freddie Pearson Jr. of Johnsonville and Mr. Christopher Pearson of Wilson, N.C.; aunts and uncles, Bernice (Estee) Scurry of New York, Helen Holmes, Richard (Elisa) Holmes and Louvenia Holmes of South Carolina, Luther (Gwenzella) Holmes of Georgia, Annie Tatum and Lily Winston of New York, and Carol Rich of Maryland; and a host of nieces, neqphews, special cousins and other relatives and friends. Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Linen-Knox Funeral Home.

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