Obituaries, September 4, 2013

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Peter Durant, age 61, of Newark, N.J.
Thomas E. Hicks, age 59, of Paterson, N.J.
Samuel “Tannie” Jones, age 78, of Hemingway, S.C.


Klata Bratcher

Klata Kennedy Bratcher, 58, of Andrews, the beloved wife of Wayne Bratcher, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, Sept. 1, 2013 at her residence.
Mrs. Bratcher was born the daughter of Joseph Commander Kennedy and Verdia Mae Taylor Kennedy on October 28, 1954.  She was a member of the Saints Delight Pentecostal Holiness Church.
She committed her life to acts of selfless giving for her family and her church family; and gave an unconditional love to earn her the distinguished title – Beloved Mother.
She leaves behind her mother, her husband; two children, Tammy Danielle Bratcher and Grailand Wayne “BJ” Bratcher II; and three grandchildren, Grace, Emily, and Gray; two brothers, Samuel Joseph (Jane) Kennedy and Mark Leonard (Debbie) Kennedy; and a numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bratcher was predeceased by her father; and three brothers, Jesse James Kennedy II, Barry Kennedy, and Odell Commander Kennedy.
A Going Home Celebration was held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Saints Delight Pentecostal Holiness Church.  
Interment followed in the Lambert Cemetery, directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening, Sept. 2, 2013, in the church sanctuary.
McKenzie Funeral Home was honored to serve the Bratcher family. 

John “JW” Cribb Sr.
John William “JW” Cribb Sr., of Georgetowna beloved father and the husband of Katherine Charlene “Kathy” Blake Cribb, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday morning, September 1, 2013 at his residence.
Mr. Cribb was born the son of John Daniel Cribb and Maggie Inez Cox Cribb on December 17, 1945 in Williamsburg County.  
He was a retired crane operator with Georgetown Steel Mill and was a U.S. Army veteran.
JW and Kathy were married on June 30, 1972 and celebrated 41 years together.  
Their home was blessed with three children, Melissa C. (William) Pino, John William “Billy” (Jennifer) Cribb Jr., and Amanda Lee C. (Adam) Wilson; 10 grandchildren, Shane, Mattthew, Whitney, Mason, Emma Grace, Abigail, Payton, Timothy, Kristen, and Madison.  
He also leaves behind a sister, Doris Inez Cribb (Thomas) Moore; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by: his parents; and a brother, Joe Daniel Cribb.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, September 5, 2013, at the Victory Free Will Baptist Church, directed by the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
The Cribb Family will receive family and friends immediately after the service in the Church Fellowship Hall.
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cribb family.

Brenda Ethridge

Brenda Kay Cooper Ethridge, age 56, of Andrews, the widow of Bobby Joe Ethridge, went home to be with the Lord on Monday morning, August 26, 2013, at McLeods Hospital.
Mrs. Ethridge was born the daughter of William Dempsey Cooper and Dorothy Mae Martin Cooper on June 3, 1957 in Williamsburg County.    
She was a foster parent to many young children in the Mentor Foster Care System.  
She committed her life to acts of selfless giving and an unconditional love for her family to earn her the distinguished title – Beloved Mother.
Bobby and Brenda were married January 30, 1976, and celebrated 36 years together.  
From their blessed union were born two children, Betty Jo Ethridge and Amy M. (Mikey) Jones; and seven grandchildren, Taylor, Austin, Shane, Waylon, Katey, Ethan, and Jamie.  
She leaves behind three brothers, William Lindrow Cooper, Charles Cooper, and Gerald Cooper; and a sister, Betty Fund.
Mrs. Ethridge was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Ernest Cooper.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at The Christian Fortress Church.  
Interment followed in the Andrews Memorial Cemetery, directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in the Andrews Chapel.
McKenzie Funeral Home was honored to serve the Ethridge family.  
Online condolences may be sent to McKenziechapels.com.

Rudolph Pate

Rudolph Pate, 93, of Georgetown, formerly of Pawleys Island and Raleigh, N.C., died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
Mr. Pate was born on June 15, 1920 in Lumberton, N.C. to the late Robert and Dora Davis Pate. He spent most of his life in Raleigh, moving to Litchfield in 1998.   
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University in 1943, and spent most of his career at North Carolina State, retiring from the position of vice chancellor for foundations and university relations in 1985.   
He remained a devoted supporter of the University and Wolfpack athletics for the remainder of his life.  
Mr. Pate was also the unofficial ambassador for Pawleys Island and Georgetown, loving his time talking to tourists most nights at Hanser House and the River Room.
He was affiliated with Duncan United Methodist Church in Georgetown and St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church in Pawleys Island.
He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Paige Brodie Pate.
Mr. Pate is survived by his daughter, Mary Paige Murray, and son-in-law, Bill Murray of Georgetown; and his granddaughter, Cameron Kelly, and her husband, Chad Kelly, both of Raleigh.
The family received visitors on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh.  
Funeral services followed at 2 p.m., also at Mitchell Funeral Home.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Rudolph Pate Endowment, North Carolina State University Alumni Association, attn:  Becky Bumgardner, Office of University Development, Campus Box 7501, Raleigh, NC  27695-7501, or Tidelands Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Robert Phillips Sr.

Robert Joseph Phillips Sr., age 67, of Andrews died on Friday, August 30, 2013 at his residence after an extended illness.
Memorial services were held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 in the Trinity United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Ben M. Gafford.
The full obituary may be viewed and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.WilliamsburgFuneralHome.com.    

Evelyn Simmons

Evelyn Hilah Muckenfuss Simmons, age 90, of Charleston, S.C., widow of Leroy Simmons, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013 at Tidelands Community Hospice House.
Born on August 2, 1923, in Seneca, she was the daughter of the late John Hancock and the late Josie Britt Muckenfuss.
Mrs. Simmons was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Charleston.
She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include one daughter, Delores Cherry (John) of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Jack Cherry of Chapin and Jason Cherry (Jennifer) of Georgetown; five great-grandchildren, Kristen Parker, John Michael Cherry, Caroline Cherry, Mary Cecile Cherry and Claire Cherry; one brother, Howard Muckenfuss Jr. (June) of Ridgeville; one nephew, George Muckenfuss III; and one niece, Gaye Muckenfuss.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, John G. Cherry.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in the Graham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Timothy Crabtree officiating.
Burial followed in Cummings Chapel Cemetery at 2 p.m.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Graham Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made Tidelands Community Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or to Cummings Chapel Cemetery, P.O. Box 351, Ridgeville, SC 29472.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown was in charge of the arrangements (www.grahamfuneralhome.org).

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