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Obituaries, May 31, 2013

  • Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ada Avant

Ada Louise Stuckey Avant, 92, of Hanahan, S.C., widow of Ollie L. Avant, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in the serenity of the Hospice of Charleston facility in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
She was born on November 12, 1920, at the family home, a daughter of the late Robert Wheeler and Ada Rose Stuckey.
She attended Lander College and eventually returned to Stuckey to work as a nurse at the Johnson Memorial Hospital.
Although she will be sadly missed, Mrs. Avant will always be remembered for her sweet nature and kind words.
No matter what the circumstances she would seem to find the good in a person.
Mrs. Avant was extremely proud of her family and despite her humble ways, would be caught boasting on them often.
This would not only include her children but all of her nieces and nephews, which she felt a special closeness to, especially since she was the last of the Stuckey children surviving, having witnessed the passing of her 11 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her daughters, Belinda Cole and Annette Moore and her husband, Kim, all of Charleston; a son, Robert (Lou) Avant of Hanahan; one granddaughter, Sarah Louise Moore of Charleston; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services, conducted by Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, at Indiantown Presbyterian Church.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Thornwell Home for Children, 302 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325 or to Indiantown Presbyterian Church, 4865 Hemingway Hwy., Hemingway, SC 29554.
Please sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com.

Alton Cox Jr.

Alton Cox Jr., age 87, a beloved father and the husband of Helen Prosser Cox of Andrews, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, May 29, 2013 at his residence.
Mr. Cox was born the son of Thomas Alton Cox and Mary Effie Wheeler Cox on May 7, 1926 in Williamsburg County.  
He was a retired employee with International Paper Company and was a retired U.S. Army veteran.  
He was a member of the Earle United Methodist Church.  
Over the years, he assisted in building several churches including Pine Crest Baptist Church and Cornerstone Baptist Church.  
Mr. Cox was an avid fisherman and farmer.  
Moreover, to those who have known him, his greatest accomplishment is his legacy of patriotic honor, Christian values, and loving fatherhood for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Alton and Helen were married on August 14, 1948 and celebrated 65 years together.   
Their home was blessed with four children, Alton “Al” (Nancy) Cox III, Anthony “Tony” Deleon Cox, Kathy Delores Cox, and Kelly (Bill) C. Fenters; three grandchildren, Matthew Alton Cox IV, Ryan (Brooke) Fenters, and Kyleigh (Bubba) C. Shirley; and five great-grandchildren, Bailey Cox, Jacob A. Cox, RyLee Fenters, Bryant “That Little Boy” Fenters, and Barnes Shirley.
He was predeceased by his parents; a son, Tony; a daughter, Kathy; four brothers, Horace Cox, JC Cox, Thomas Theron Cox, and Carlisle Cox; and four sisters, Lavere C. Gorman, Winifred C. Register, Hilda C. Showell, and Jeanette C. Evans.
A Going Home Celebration with Military Honors will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Earle United Methodist Church.  
Interment will follow in the Harmony Cemetery directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening, May 31, 2013, at the Andrews Chapel.
The Cox family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to: Dr. David P. Rodgers, Ahava Hospice of Columbia, S.C., Dr. Michael Gibson, Denette Bowman, and Ellen Turner for the care and compassion shown to them during this journey.
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cox family.  
Online condolences may be sent to McKenzieChapels.com.

Lou Anne Heyward

Lou Anne Grice Heyward, 79, of the Plantersville community of Georgetown died on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. James Caraway.  
Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Heyward was born on November 19, 1933 in Georgetown to the marital union between Charles Grice and Sarah Dease Grice (both deceased).
Until her retirement, she was employed with the Sheraton Hotel and the Exchange Plantation.
She is survived by her children, Joseph Heyward, Louis Heyward, Matthew Heyward, Cheryl Brown, and Sarah Lance, all of Georgetown, Bernard Heyward and Mary Martin, both of Fredericksburg, Va., Charles Heyward of Irmo, S.C., and Elsie Heyward of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, James Funnye of Georgetown; and three sisters, Thelma Ford, Evelena S. Tucker, and Christina Grice, all of Georgetown.
Funeral service arrangements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Cheryl Laney

Cheryl Dew Laney, 64, wife of Thomas S. Laney of Dalzell, S.C., passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, at home after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Born on November 5, 1948 in Sumter, she was the daughter of the late Edward Clement  Dew and Marian McClam Dew.
Mrs. Laney graduated from Edmunds High School in 1967.
She attended Winthrop College and was previously employed by Thomas Sumter Academy and Johnson Company, Inc.  
She was a member of Dalzell United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are her son, Thomas Edward “Ed” Laney, and his wife Rangeley; two sisters, Carole Shlon (Andy) and Sandy Dew Hyatt; a brother, Michael Dew (Pat); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cheryl received very loving care from her niece, Rhonda Laney, during her illness.  In addition to Rhonda, the family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Terry Smith, Kathy Chavis, Mary Leitch, and Julie Dawson at SCOA for their excellent and compassionate care.
Also a special thank you to all of our friends who have been so good to us.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, in the Chapel of the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.  
Rev. Wanda Altman officiated. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Mikell, Whit James, Francis Brown, Charles Segars Jr., David Kirven and Drew Spigner.
Honorary pallbearers were Butch Norris and Billy Langston.
Cheryl requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Dalzell United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85, Dalzell, SC 29040 or to Thomas Sumter Academy, 5265 Camden Highway, Rembert, SC 29128.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, was in charge of the arrangements. Call 803-775-9386.

Troy Reed

Troy Jacob Reed, age 81, of the Lanes Creek community of Georgetown died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital in Georgetown.
He was a son of the late Mr. Jacob Reed and the late Mrs. Rosa Gamble Reed.
Mr. Reed is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Mozella Vereen Reed of the Lanes Creek community; six daughters, Marva Reed Prior, Ruthena Reed Wilson and Christine Reed, all of the Lanes Creek community, Rosa Reed Gamble of Newark, N.J.; Parrie Reed Hook of Orangeburg, S.C., and Tyone Reed Linen of the Dunbar community of Georgetown; three sons, Oliver Reed of Las Vegas, Nev., and John Reed and James Reed, both of the Lanes Creek community; three sisters, Emily Armstrong and Ethelyn Hemingway, both of Georgetown, and Phyllis Reed of Georgia; and a host of loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Chester Hill Missionary Baptist Church in the Lanes Creek community, where Rev. Harry Lee, pastor, will be officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The remains will lie in state in the sanctuary of the church from 11 a.m. until the hour of service.
Viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Linen-Knox Funeral Home, 1632 Emanuel Street in Georgetown.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Linen-Knox Funeral Home.

Francis Shaw

Francis Downs Frasier Shaw, age 70, of Myrtle Beach died on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Arnett A.M.E. Church, conducted by the Rev, Earl Rutledge.  
Burial will follow in Arnett Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Shaw was born on February 22, 2013 in Georgetown to the marital union between Robert Downs and Thelma Rutledge Downs.  Until her retirement, she was employed with Commercial Security.
She is survived by her children, Paula Vereen of Tabor City, N.C., Tonya Frasier of New York, N.Y., Shawn Frasier of Raleigh, N.C., and  Raheem Frasier of Ft. Lee Fla.; three sisters, Albertha Perez of Lompac, Calif., Robert Ann Davis of Teaneck, N.J., and Perleatha Canteen of Georgetown; and two brothers, Paul Rutledge, and Michael Marshall, both of Georgetown.
Funeral service arrangements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Evelyn Small

Evelyn Thrower Small, 71, of Surfside Beach passed away on May 28, 2013 at Waccamaw Community Hospital.
She was born September 29, 1941 in Charlotte, N.C. to the late Edward and Margaret Madagan Thrower. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe L. Small Sr.
Mrs. Small taught gymnastics at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Charlotte for many years before moving with her husband to Surfside Beach in 1977.
She started the Coastal School of Gymnastics and Dance in Georgetown, where she was a gymnastics coach.  
Mrs. Small and her husband were the owners of Joe’s Supermarket in Surfside Beach.  
Her favorite pastimes included traveling, playing cards and the slots.  
Her great sense of humor and gift of laughter will be cherished.
Survivors include her son, Joe Small Jr. (Electa) of Georgetown; her daughter, Sherri L. Abel (Greg) of Greenville, S.C.; two grandsons, Chris Abel and Corey Abel; two sisters, Doris Brannen of Mooresville, N.C. and Margaret Matson of Charleston, S.C.; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved pug, Charlie.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Hillcrest Cemetery Mausoleum in Conway, S.C.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service in the mausoleum.
An online guest book is available at www.msfh.net.
McMillan-Small Funeral Home of Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Lee Walker, age 71, formerly of Pawleys Island, husband of Susan Willie Walker of Edisto Island, S.C. passed away peacefully on May 29, 2013.
The family will receive friends at their home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013.  
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at All Saints Church Cemetery in Pawleys Island.
Mr. Walker was born on January 15, 1942 on his grandfather’s farm in Hemingway.  
He is predeceased by his parents, Ann Altman Walker and Johnnie Lutellas Walker.
Mr. Walker spent his years growing up in Pawleys Island, graduated from Clemson University then returned to Pawleys Island where he lived many years at the place he loved. He was a successful custom homebuilder.  
Mr. Walker and his wife Susan retired to Edisto Island where he pursued his passion for camellias.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Willie Walker; and daughters, Dodie Walker Bailey (Ray) of Savannah, Ga. and Kellie Walker Herlong (Michael) of Greenville, S.C.  
In addition to his wife and daughters, the most pleasure Johnnie got from life was from his four grandchildren, Lucy, Hank, Henry and Charlotte.  
He is also survived by his sister, Linda Walker Smith (Len); a brother, Larry Walker; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island, 2164 Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC  29438; St. Frederick and St. Stephen Catholic Church  Building Fund, P.O Box 602, Edisto Island, SC  29438; or to Roper St. Francis Cancer Care, 125 Doughty Street (7th floor), Charleston, SC  29403.
The family would like to thank all of the love and support that was given to Mr. Walker throughout his illness from all of his friends, doctors, nurses and caregivers.  Your support and love will always be remembered.
Sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.
The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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