Obituaries, June 20, 2012

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Marion Charles Grimsley, 89, Lexington, S.C.


Rothie Altman Jr.

Rothie Bennett Altman Jr., 88, of Georgetown, S.C., widower of Lydia Turner Altman, died Friday, June 15, 2012, at Prince George Healthcare Center.
Mr. Altman was born in Georgetown on July 25, 1923, a son of the late Rothie Bennett Altman, Sr. and Agnes Bertha Luckan Altman. 
He was a Master Mason and member of Winyah Lodge # 40, A.F.M. and a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose. 
Mr. Altman retired in 1985 from International Paper Co. after 42 years of employment. 
He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Surviving are three sons, Ronald Altman (Melissa) of Mt. Pleasant, and Wayne Altman (Jenny) and Jeffrey Altman, both of Georgetown; a brother, Linwood Altman of Pawleys Island; a sister, Laverne Collicott of Panama City, Fla.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Mildred Cross of Georgetown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, June 19, 2012, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. 
Officiating was Pastor Arden Hallman. 
Burial followed at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening, June 18, 2012, at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home.
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Memorials are suggested to: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1605 S. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

James Armstrong

Linen-Knox Funeral Home announces funeral services for Mr. James Armstrong, age 46, of the Lanes Creek Community, who died on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Tidelands Community Hospice.
Mr. Armstrong was the son of Mr. Eddie and Mrs. Victoria Armstrong.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in the Browns Ferry Section of Georgetown, where the Rev. Justin Gamble officiated.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
The remains lay in the sanctuary of the church from 11 a.m. until the hour of service for final viewing.
Viewing was held on Monday, June 18, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Linen-Knox Funeral Home at 1632 Emanuel Street.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. Eddie Armstrong and Mrs. Victoria Armstrong of the Lanes Creek Community; three sisters, Mrs. Sennie Armstrong, Mrs. Kathie Washington and Mrs. Barbara Giles, all of the Lanes Creek Community; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and many relatives and friends.

Edgar Bryan

Edgar Russell Bryan, 76, of Andrews, S.C., widower of Frances Cooper Bryan, died Friday, June 15, 2012, at his daughter’s home in Georgetown.
Mr. Bryan was born in Andrews on October 23, 1935, a son of the late Lorenzo Benjamin Bryan and Lena Mae Sports Bryan. 
He grew up in the Piney Forest community of Williamsburg Co. and graduated from Williamsburg High School. 
Mr. Bryan was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed horseback riding and hunting. 
He also loved music, playing guitar, and singing. 
Mr. Bryan lived in Florida for the past 12 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Debbie B. Morris of Georgetown and Diane Bryan of Titusville, Fla.; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Reed D. Bryan Sr. of Andrews; two sisters, Lawanda B. Hanna of Andrews and Edaphell B. Sims of Stafford, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, June 18, 2012, at the Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home. 
Officiating was the Rev. Murray Powell. 
Burial followed in Piney Forest Cemetery.
The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, June 17, 2012, at the Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home.
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Memorials are suggested to: Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Muriel Cyr

Muriel L. Cyr, 86, widow of Leo C. Cyr, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012 at her home.
Born on November 9, 1925, in Dalton, Mass., she was a daughter of the late Henry Elser and the late Madeline Bouton Elser.
Mrs. Cyr was a member of St. Cyprians Catholic Church and retired from General Electric in Pittsfield, Mass. after 42 years of service.
Survivors include two sons, Michael J. Cyr of Memphis, Tenn. and David L. Cyr and his wife Susan of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Dustin Cyr, Davis Cyr, Nicole Cyr and Sara Cyr, all of Georgetown; and a sister, Madeline Conklin of Pittsfield, Mass.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Leo C. Cyr.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at St. Cyprian's Catholic Church with Father Ronald J. Ferrell officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Cyprians Catholic Church, 1905 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements. Online guest book at

Bernice Franklin

Linen-Knox Funeral Home announces funeral services for Mrs. Bernice Rice Franklin, age 71, of the Oatland Community of Georgetown, who died on Friday, June 15, 2012 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Franklin was the wife of Mr. Jeremiah Franklin of the Oatland Community.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Greater St. Paul AME Church in the Oatland Community, with the Rev. Melvin Coleman, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The remains will lie in the sanctuary of the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of service.
Viewing will also be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greater St. Paul AME Church on Browns Ferry Road in the Oatland Community.
Survivors include her husband, Mr. Jeremiah Franklin of the Oatland Community; one daughter, Ms. Lesley Franklin of the Oatland Community; two sons, Mr. Cornelius Franklin of the Oatland Community and Mr. Terry Franklin of Charleston, S.C.; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Rice, Mrs. Susan Winns and Mrs. Rebecca Linen, all of the Dunbar Community; one brother, Mr. Albert Rice of the Dunbar Community; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and many relatives and friends.

W. Herbert Hucks

Herb Hucks, CPA, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. passed away at Tidelands Hospice House in Georgetown surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. He was 70 years old.
He was predeceased by parents Will and Nettie Maude Hucks; and first wife, Anita, mother of his two daughters.
Herb leaves behind to cherish fond memories, his wife, Connie; daughters, Ashley and Dabney, stepdaughter, Natalie; sister, Amelia and her husband Larry; grandsons, Brady and Blake; and step-grandson, Austin.  
He is also survived by four loving uncles and many other family and friends.
Herb was a graduate of the University of South Carolina.  
He opened the first CPA practice in Georgetown in 1973 and has had offices in Pawleys Island, Myrtle Beach, and Surfside Beach.  
He was a member of the AICPA and a lifetime member of SCACPA.  
Visitation was held at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 18, followed by a Celebration of Life at 5 p.m., and reception at 6 p.m.
All events were at the Church of the Resurrection.  
Private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to Tidelands  Hospice House, 2915 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC  29440 or Church of the Resurrection, 8901 Highway 17 By-pass, Surfside Beach, SC  29587.
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Barbara Owens

Barbara Ann Taylor Owens, 79, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2012 at her home.
Born on May 24, 1933, in Camden, Ark., she was a daughter of the late Jefferson Davis Taylor and the late Lois E. Tate Simpson.
Ms. Owens was a devoted member of First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Lydia Sunday School Class and served on the Finance Committee and the late Long Range Planning Committee.
She retired from Wachovia Bank with more than 35 years of service having served as the former Assistant Vice President of the South Carolina National Bank and Wachovia Bank.
Ms. Owens also served on the Georgetown Higher Education Commission.
She was a member of many garden clubs to include the Maryville Garden Club and enjoyed going to the beach, gardening and helping at her church.
Survivors include two daughters, Debra O. Watkins and Kimberly A. Owens, both of Georgetown; three grandchildren, Leigh Noel Thomas of Moncks Corner, T. Nicholas Altman of Georgetown and Joseph Chance Ledford (Elizabeth) of Murrells Inlet; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas Bishop Altman of Georgetown, Madison Taylor Altman of Georgetown and Annaleigh Peyton Thomas of Moncks Corner; and a sister in law, Anna Taylor of Ladson.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Burl D. Taylor; and a sister, Mary Alice T. McRae.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Wall officiating.
Memorials may be made to Graham Funeral Home for a trust account that is being set up for Kimberly Ann Owens.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements (

Andrew Roberts Sr.

Andrew David Roberts Sr., 86, of Georgetown, S.C., widower of Edrie Tisdale Roberts, died Monday morning, June 18, 2010 at his residence.
Born January 9, 1926, Mr. Roberts was the son of the late James Walter Roberts and Victoria Altman Roberts.   
A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Roberts served in both the European and Pacific theaters in World War II.
After the war, he worked at International Paper Company.  
He retired as Superintendent of Finishing and Shipping in 1980.   
Mr. Roberts was a member of Union United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Andrew David Roberts Jr. (Beth) of Georgetown; two daughters, Terri Driggers Myers (Robert) of Weaverville, N.C. and Kay Driggers Ackerman (Johnny) of Andrews, S.C.; five grandchildren, Walt Roberts of Columbia, Elizabeth Roberts of Georgetown, Kathy Ackerman McCutchen (Mark) of Andrews, Kristy Ackerman Stoneburner (Braden) of Columbia, and Jay Ackerman (Laura) of Columbia; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Roberts was predeceased by a brother, Willard Roberts; and a sister, Eunice Roberts Martin.
Funeral service with Military Honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at  Prince George, Winyah Episcopal Church with the Rev. Fr. Paul C. Fuener officiating.   
Interment will follow at the Mt. Olive Cemetery on Pennyroyal Road, Georgetown, directed by the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.  
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Olive Cemetery Fund, 204 East Bay Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Roberts family. Online condolences may be sent at

Gladys Spears

Gladys Wallace Spears, 88, Mt. Pleasant, SC widow of Lester W. Spears, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at her daughter’s home in Mt. Pleasant.
Born on May 29, 1924, in Marlboro County, she was a daughter of the late Senator Paul Allen Wallace Sr. and the late Ethelyne Gardner Wallace. 
Mrs. Spears was a member of Shem Creek Baptist Church. 
She was a retired school teacher with 33 years of service having taught in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. 
Mrs. Spears spent the last 23 years of her career teaching at Kensington Elementary School in Georgetown.
Survivors include two children, Debbie S. O’Rear of Mt. Pleasant and Seldon S. Waters, Jr. (Sara) of Edmond, Okla.; five grandchildren, Wallace Clay O’Rear of Mt. Pleasant, Caroline Eloise Mazyck (Dejevon) Mt. Pleasant, Seldon S. Waters III (Jennifer), Jennifer Waters (Kevin Clay) and Ashley Murphy; five great grandchildren; two brothers, William P. Wallace and Paul A. Wallace Jr., both of Wallace, S.C.; five nieces; and five nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas E. Wallace.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Beacon Hospice, 501 Wando Park Blvd. Suite 100, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29494.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements (


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