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Obituaries, Dec. 25, 2013

  • Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Updated Tuesday, December 24, 2013 12:06 pm

DEATH NOTICE James Gregory Aiken, age 42, of Hemingway, S.C. FUNERAL SERVICES Earl Cox Earl Bethel Cox, age 49, of Andrews died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident in Jasper, Ind. Mr. Cox was born in Georgetown on February 7, 1964, a son of the late Willie Benjamin Cox and Lizzie Mae Alford Cox.  He grew up in the Warsaw community of Williamsburg County, graduated from Williamsburg High School, and received an Associate’s degree from Williamsburg Technical College.  Mr. Cox worked as a turbine generator repair technician for MDA Construction Company out of Wilmington, N.C.  He attended both Happy Home Free Will Baptist Church and Antioch Pentecostal Holiness Church. Mr. Cox had a great love for fishing. Surviving are three sons, Patrick Earl Cox (Whitney) of Andrews, Robert Clifton Cox of Florida and Jason Earl Nesbitt of Andrews; three grandchildren, Taylor Elizabeth Cox, Lilyana Reneé Cox, and Caiden Eli Cox; five brothers, Benjie Cox (Gere) and Elbert Cox (Diane), both of Pawleys Island, Ronnie Cox (Nina) and E.W. Cox (Tiarra), both of Andrews, and Danny Cox (Donna) of Georgetown; and two sisters, Connie Jo Lambert (Larry) of Andrews and Shirley Strickland (Genair) of Georgetown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday morning, Dec. 27, 2013, at Happy Home Free Will Baptist Church.  Officiating will be the Rev. Ronnie Cox, the Rev. Daniel Jackson, and the Rev. Chris Browder.  Burial will follow in Piney Forest Cemetery. Sign a guestbook at:  www.mayerfuneralhome.com. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home. George Hughes  George Quinton Hughes, 78, of Hemingway, S.C. passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at his home. Mr. Hughes was born in Hemingway, S.C., a son of the late Connie Brown and Iva Verna Huggins Hughes. He was the owner and operator of Hughes Hair Care for 56 years and also the owner and operator of Hughes Hand Crafted Trays and Leather Works for over 30 years. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where he served on numerous boards and offices in the church. He was also a member of the Indiantown Masonic Lodge # 165. Surviving are his wife, Maxine Miller Hughes; children, Chris (Dorinda) Hughes, Sonja L. Hughes and Paige (Rickey) Watford; brothers, Larry (Edna) Hughes and Noel (Joyce) Hughes; a sister, Romayne Eaddy; grandchildren, Garrett (Amy) Hughes, Katelynn Hughes, Meghan Hughes, J. D. Watford and Maddox Watford; and a great-grandson, Jaxson Hughes. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Randy Hughes. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway, was in the church cemetery.  The family received friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at the church. Sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com Doris James Doris Hearl James, age 77, of Conway, wife of the late Olin Delton James, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Georgetown Health Care.
Mrs. James was born in Conway, a daughter of the late Hartford and Lula Sing Hearl.  She was a member of Fountain of Life Ministries and was a devoted mother and grandmother.  Mrs. James was predeceased by three brothers, Lamar Harrelson, Roy Hearl and Jack Hearl and two sisters, Georgia Port and Marie Grice.
Surviving are two sons, Randy James (Debbie) of Andrews and Doug James (Cathy) of Conway; four grandchildren, Christy Worms (Julien), Patrick James, Miranda Burton (Jason) and Ashley Cannon (Brandon); one step grandson, Ryan Crain; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Vernon Hearl of Conway.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with Rev. Jerry Howell officiating.  Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to Fountain of Life Ministries, P.O. Box 1307 Conway, SC 29528.
Sign a guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Gladys Jordan Gladys Wheeler Jordan of Appling, Ga. entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga. Gladys was born on February 27, 1918, the third oldest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. P.  Wheeler of Andrews, Williamsburg County, S.C. She was married to James Thomas Jordan of Rock Hill, S.C., and is survived by her only child, Gwendolyn Alice Hixon, of Appling; a son-in- law Rufus Hixon; a grandson Dr. Les Hixon and his wife Scot Ostendorf Hixon of Baton Rouge, La.; a granddaughter, Alison Marchman and her husband Mitch Marchman of Evans, Ga., five great-granddaughters, Madison, Kate, Mary Claire, Caroline and Anna Scot; one sister, Inez Linder of Bishopville, S.C., and numerous nieces and nephews. Gladys and J.T. were married on December 26, 1937, in Andrews.  She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.  After J.T. was honorably discharged from the service, she owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store near their home and after receiving her Master’s degree in 1963 from Winthrop, began a 25-year teaching career at Ebinport Elementary School in Rock Hill. Following retirement, she and J. T. spent much of their time at their second home in Highlands, N.C., and later in Decatur, Ga., where she very dutifully cared for J.T. during the final years of his extended illness.  Her last years she lived with Gwen and Rufus Hixon in Decatur and later in Appling, as well as visiting her sisters and other relatives in South Carolina. She was an avid reader, loved solving puzzles, playing bridge, sewing, cooking, and yard work, as well as being very involved with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She participated in activities of the Senior Adult Ministry of Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling, was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star chapter in Rock Hill and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Rock Hill and Highlands Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Kiokee Baptist Church, Appling, Ga., with the Rev. Steve Hartman officiating. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the service form 10 to 11 a.m. in the Kiokee Baptist Church fellowship building.  Entombment will be next to her husband J.T. in the mausoleum at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kiokee Baptist Church, Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 430, Appling, GA 30812 or to the Augusta Warrior Project, 4115 Columbia Rd., Suite 5-333, Martinez, GA 30907-0410. Please visit www.starlingfuneralhome.com to sign online guestbook. Phyllis Lusk Phyllis Ann Surber Lusk, age 73, of Pawleys Island, widow of Donald Justice Lusk, passed away after a short illness on Dec. 20, 2013 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Lusk was born in Williamson, W.Va. on December 30, 1939, a daughter of the late Kenneth Andrew Surber and Dorothy Copely Surber Calfee.  She was a 1957 graduate of Williamson High School and a 1986 graduate of Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Va., with an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Health Technology and Nursing.  Mrs. Lusk was a long-time resident of Williamson, W.Va. and Grundy, Va.  Her family relocated to Pawleys Island upon retirement of her husband in 1991.  She worked in the OR at Georgetown Memorial Hospital from 1991 through her retirement in May, 2007. Baptized in 1950, Mrs. Lusk was a loving Christian mother and a dedicated nurse.   She had many loves and hobbies, including ceramics, sewing, quilting, and various needle works.  She will be greatly missed by the family, her friends, and her colleagues. Surviving are:  two sons, Bryan Phillip Lusk and wife Teresa Lusk of Pawleys Island and William Martin Lusk and wife Danielle Lusk of Myrtle Beach; two granddaughters, Holly Lusk of Pawleys Island and Kaitlyn Lusk of Myrtle Beach; a nephew, Michael Calfee of Austin, Tex.; a niece, Jordan Calfee Elia of Williamson; and two great-nieces, Josie and Charlie Elia. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Lusk was preceded in death by:  her step-father, Robert Calfee; and two brothers, Robert D. Calfee and Larry Surber. A memorial service and visitation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home.  A private burial took place prior to the service at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Churchyard. Sign a guestbook at:  www.mayerfuneralhome.com. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her loving honor to:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151. Jean Owens  Jean Marie Henne Owens, age 59, of Andrews, the widow of Carl Owens, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday morning, Dec. 22, 2013 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Owens was born the daughter of Edward Henry Henne and Shirley Jean Woolman Hess-Watson on December 22, 1954 in Poughkeepise, N.Y.  She was the owner of Jean Owens Painting. She leaves behind a daughter, Crystal O. (Brian) McCutcheon; two grandsons, Eric and Trey; three stepchildren, Sharon (Allen) Thomas, Charlene (Scott) Carroll, and Pam (Reggie) Amerson; six step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.  She also leaves behind a brother, Edward John (Pamela) Henne; a sister, Mary Ellen H. (Joe) Frechette; and her dearest friend, Roberta Jones and God-son, Phillip Jones. She was predeceased by her husband; and her former companion, Farrel Jones. A Home Going Celebration will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at the Saints Delight Pentecostal Holiness Church.  Interment will follow in the Ivey Cemetery, directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, Dec. 26, 2013 at the Andrews Chapel. McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Owens family.  Online condolences may be sent to McKenziechapels.com. Benjamin Smith Benjamin Bourne “BB” Smith, age 86, of Georgetown died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Tidelands Community Hospice House. Mr. Smith was born in Georgetown on August 13, 1927, a son of the late John Benjamin Smith and Ellen Timmons Smith.  He graduated from Andrews High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Mr. Smith owned and operated BB Smith’s Grocery until his retirement.  He was a Mason and Shriner.  He was a member of Sampit United Methodist Church, where he was a former chairman of the cemetery committee. Surviving are two nieces, Ellen Faye Pickarella (Mike) of Riegelwood, N.C. and Terry Welch of Georgetown; a nephew, Sidney B. Thomas Jr. (Wilhelmina) of Riegelwood, N.C.; two great-nephews; a great-niece; two great-great-nephews; and a special friend, Maxine Hughes of Georgetown. Funeral services weere held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Sampit United Methodist Church.  Officiating was the Rev. John Williams Jr.  Burial followed in the churchyard.  The family received friends at the church immediately following the service. Sign a guestbook at:  www.mayerfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060-9979. The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  

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