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Obituaries, August 30, 2013

  • Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:32 am

Dr. John Cathcart Jr.

Dr. John Harris Cathcart Jr., age 82, of Greenwood, S.C., formerly of Gaffney, S.C., husband of Elizabeth Richardson “Betsy” Cathcart,  died Sunday, August 25, 2013 at his home.
Born in Gaffney, S.C. on August 20, 1931, he was a son of the late Dr. John Harris Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Coan Cathcart.  
A graduate of Darlington School in Rome, Ga., Dr. Cathcart received a BS degree from Davidson College in 1953.  
Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant in the infantry.  
He later received his doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  
Dr. Cathcart served his residency at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.  
He practiced Ob-Gyn in Gaffney for 35 years and delivered more than four thousand babies. After retiring from his practice on May 1, 2001, Dr. Cathcart continued to serve the Cherokee County and Union County Mental Health Centers as a consulting physician until 2011.
Dr. Cathcart was a member of the Gaffney Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of Crustbreakers and had served as a member of the Cherokee County District One School Board of Trustees for eight years, four of those as chairman.  
He served on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Gaffney and First Piedmont Federal Savings and Loan Association. Active with the Chamber of Commerce, he also served as chairman of the Cherokee County Health Policy and Planning Council and the Cherokee County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Dr. Cathcart was also very active in many other cultural and civic endeavors in Gaffney and had served on many various medical boards and associations.
He enjoyed traveling and attending painting workshops with his wife, Betsy. He loved spending time at his home in Pawleys Island with family and friends.
Dr. Cathcart was a member of Limestone Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and Sunday School teacher for many years.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 33 years of the home are two sons, Dr. John H. Cathcart III and wife Lynn of Greenwood, and Richard Charles Richardson Cathcart of West Columbia; one daughter, Camilla Cathcart McDevitt and husband Chuck of Greenwood; eight grandchildren, John Harris Cathcart IV, Manning Richardson Cathcart, Richard Charles Richardson Cathcart Jr., Eliza Lindsay Cathcart, Katherine Richardson McDevitt, Samuel Cathcart McDevitt, Joshua Michael McDevitt and Justin Ryan McDevitt and wife Leann; sister, Marion Cathcart Waters and husband David of Chapel Hill, N.C.; brother-in-law, Col. L. Ralph Livingston of Birmingham, Ala.; and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Limestone Presbyterian Church in Gaffney, with Reverend Chris Herrin officiating.  
Private inurnment will be in the church columbarium.
The family will receive friends Saturday immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Limestone Presbyterian Church 101 East Jefferies Street, Gaffney, SC 29340.
For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Cathcart family.

Francis Parker Sr.

Francis Marion Parker Sr., 82, widower of Margie Ann Tanner Parker, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2013 at his home.
Born on June 24, 1931, in Williamsburg County, he was a son of the late Cleve Parker and the late Lula Frye Parker.
Mr. Parker was a U.S. Marine veteran and attended Eastside Free Will Baptist Church of the Pentecostal Faith. He enjoyed singing, telling stories and spending time with his family.
Survivors include three children, Lisa Ward (Dennis) and Gregory Parker (Alicia), all of Georgetown and Francis Marion Parker Jr. of Pawleys Island; five grandchildren, Brandon Parker (Kristen), Kayla Mau, Francis M. Parker, III, Lane Parker and Sarah Parker; three sisters, Rosa Sims, Addie Bell Mixon and Betty Carolyn Cumbie.
He was preceded in death by eight brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Eastside Free Will Baptist Church of the Pentecostal Faith. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from one hour prior to the service.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Hospice Care of South Carolina, especially Windy Todd and Ruthie Greene, for the loving care they provided to Mr. Parker.
Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements (www.grahamfuneralhome.org).

Laurie “Coleman” Smith Sr.

Laurie “Coleman” Smith Sr., 75, Andrews died Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Tidelands Community Hospice House in Georgetown.
Mr. Smith was born in Williamsburg County on August 10, 1938, a son of the late Richard Durham “Hammie” Smith and Myrtie Iva Powell Smith.  
He was self-employed in the timber industry, a certified equipment appraiser, and a merchant.  
Mr. Smith was a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and a Williamsburg County voter registration poll manager. He attended Black River Original Freewill Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Wilma F. Smith of Andrews; three sons, Laurie C. Smith Jr. (Jane), Ted C. Smith (Kim), and Kelby M. Smith (Brent), all of Andrews; two daughters, Janet M. Smith and Ginger I. Smith (Bobby Wilder), both of Andrews; a sister, Velder “Bootie” Smith of Georgetown; eight grandchildren, Christina S. Woolley (Bruce), Jessica R. Goodwin (Chris), Stephen C. Smith, Emily E. Smith, Dacie Smith, Abby J. Smith, Madison Smith, and Tori R. Smith; a great-grandchild, Blair T. Woolley; a special dog, Hickory; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was predeceased by:  three brothers, Hoyt L. Smith, Weldon D. Smith, and Everette M. Smith.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 31, 2013, at Piney Forest Cemetery.  
Officiating will be the Rev. Craig Tedder and the Rev. Daniel Cason.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening, August 30, 2013, at the Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home.
Sign a guestbook at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.
Memorials are suggested to: Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or to Black River Original Freewill Baptist Church, 5437 County Line Rd., Andrews, SC 29510.

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