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Obituaries, May 24, 2013

  • Thursday, May 23, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:12 am

Ruth Joyner

Ruth Joyner of Front Street in Georgetown died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Agape Senior Health Care facility in West Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Alphonzo N. Scott.
Burial follows in the church’s cemetery. Viewing will take place in the sanctuary of the church on Tuesday from noon until the time of service.
Mrs. Joyner was born on July 23, 1924 in Georgetown County, a daughter of  Frank George Ford and Mrs. Hannah Buck Ford. She was the widow of Rev. Clarence Joyner, Sr.
A dedicated member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church for many years, until poor health intervened, she was active as a missionary and leader of the Junior Red Circle.
Surviving are two children, Rev. Clarence Joyner Jr. of Augusta, Ga. and Mrs. Sharon Anderson of Columbia, S.C.; six siblings, Catherine Ford Gamble, Geneva Alston, Mary Lou Milton and John Arthur Ford, all of Georgetown, Ada Ford Greene of New Haven, Conn. and Ethel Hughie of Neptune, N.J.
Arrangements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home.

Joyce McConnell

Joyce Diane Harter McConnell, 66, wife of Roy E. McConnell Sr., died Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
Born on January 22, 1947 in Florence County, she was a daughter of the late Marion Alfred Harter and the late Clara Christine Kikker Harter. Mrs. McConnell loved to crochet.
Survivors include her husband of Georgetown; four sons, Roy E. McConnell Jr., John W. McConnell (Mary), Joseph A. McConnell (Bridgette) and Scott M. McConnell (Pam), all of Georgetown; one sister, Shirley Cribb (O’Neal) of Georgetown; two brothers, Glen Harter and Randy Harter, both of Georgetown; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Christopher R. Harter.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013 in the Graham Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenny Johnson officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Graham Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Francis B. Ford Cancer Center, 2405 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements (www.grahamfuneralhome.org).

Jeanne Payne


Jeanne Lynn “Pee Wee” Payne, 62, of Andrews died Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Tidelands Hospice House in Georgetown.  
Pee Wee was born on December 22, 1950 in Georgetown and a daughter of the late Lewis Melvin and Thadgelene Kirby Strickland.
“Pee Wee” was loving, considerate, and thoughtful of others, whether family, friends, or strangers.
She “never met a stranger” and never failed to offer a helping hand. Besides her own grandchildren, she became “Nanny” to the neighborhood families.
Surviving are three sons, Roger Dale McConnell of Monks Corner, S.C., James Calvin McConnell of Nebraska, and Robert Lewis Payne of Andrews; a sister, Joann Lambert of Earles, S.C.; a brother, Carroll Strickland of Georgetown; three grandchildren, Taylor McConnell, Destiny McConnell, and Henry Payne; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son, Henry Walter Payne; sisters, Jack Cusack and Sylvia Mae Strickland; and a brother, J.C. Strickland.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Pee Wee at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the residence of Joann in Earls.
The family would like to recognize and thank Milton Lambert for his care and compassion of his Aunt Pee Wee.
Condolences may be made at: www.burroughsfh.com.
The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843-651-1440) is in charge of arrangements.

Archie Rodgers Jr.


Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Archie D. Rodgers Jr. of Georgetown went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.  LTC Rodgers was born on June 29, 1915, in Greenville, S.C., the son of the late Archie D. and Eliza Busbee Rodgers.  
He was a member of First Baptist Church, serving in all capacities of the church, life member of Winyah Masonic Lodge No. 40, Georgetown Historical Society and Friends of the Kaminski House.  
LTC Rodgers was also a member of the National Guard Association of both South Carolina and the United States, and charter member of the Field Artillery Society of the South Carolina Militia.  
LTC Rodgers began a military career enlisting in Battery E, 115th Field Artillery Sumter, S.C. on October 17, 1933, retiring from the National Guard June 28, 1975.  
After his retirement, he volunteered at the Georgetown Memorial Hospital lab blood bank for 17 years.
A devoted husband and grandfather, his greatest treasured memories were of both of his families’ happy times together.  
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alfy Jackson Rodgers; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Heaston; two grandchildren, Kelly McPherson and Winston O. “Winky” Miller; a son, James D. Miller Jr.; and a sister, Selene R. Poole.
Survivors include his wife Cornelia Rowe Miller-Rodgers of Georgetown; six children, Col. Archie David Rodgers III and his wife Jerry of Fairfax Station, Va., Barbara Parkerson and husband Warren of Burke, Va., Nancy McPherson and husband Randy of Irmo, S.C., Charlie R. Miller and wife Wendy of Summerville, S.C., Marsha M. Wilson and husband Johnny of Georgetown, and Vida O. Miller of Pawleys Island; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Georgetown, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440, on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Dr. Ted Sherrill officiating. Inurnment will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church parlor.
Memorials may be made to Grace Church, “a Church for Special Needs” of First Baptist Church or to a charity of one’s choice.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements (www.grahamfuneralhome.org).

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