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Obituaries, Jan. 21, 2014

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Priscilla Brown, age 93, Hemingway, S.C.

Pearline Hayward, age 74, of 792 Cowhead Rd. Hemingway


Katherine Bell

Katherine Evelyn Ayers Bell, age 83, of Georgetown, widow of Clifford T. Bell Jr., passed away on Jan. 19, 2014 in Georgetown.

Mrs. Bell was born March 28, 1930 and was the daughter of Frank Jackson Ayers and Lucy Elizabeth Blackerby Ayers.

She grew up in Greenville, S.C. and graduated from Ellen Woodside High School.

Mrs. Bell graduated from Winthrop College in 1950 and was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society.

Her first teaching position was in Andrews, S.C. There she met Mr. Bell and began her life as a devoted and loving wife and mother.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Bell was employed with Georgetown County Schools for 28 years.

Mrs. Bell was a member of Georgetown Presbyterian Church for 60 years. She served as Circle Chairman, Treasurer of the Women of the Church and was a Youth Director.

Over the years, she enjoyed directing weddings at the church and volunteering for numerous church functions. She was a member of The Eastern Star and The DAR.

Surviving are her five children, four daughters and a son, Lyn Galloway (Randy) of Yorktown, Va., Louise Cooper (Ronnie) of Columbia, S.C., Katherine Mitchum (Kenny) of Georgetown, Cliff Bell (Christy) of Surfside, Margaret Wood (Jim) of Easton, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Surviving also are her three sisters, Lucy Gunthrope of Melbourne Beach, Fla. and Barbara Cummings and Peggy Brown of Greenville, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Thomas Bell Jr.; her parents; three brothers, Jack, Bruce and Bobby Ayers; and one sister, Frances Tadlock.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Wilkins, Bruce M. Carl, and the Rev. Dr. William H. Puckett Jr.

Burial will follow in Andrews Memorial Cemetery in Andrews, S.C.

The family will receive friends at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, January 22, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the John Leland Scholarship Fund at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road, Georgetown, S.C. or the charity of one’s choice.

James Ellis

James Cleveland “Cleve” Ellis, age 64, of Pawleys Island passed away on Jan. 18, 2014, surrounded by his children.

He was born in Statesboro, Ga. to the late James Ellis and Katie Allen Ellis.

Mr. Ellis received a degree in Biology from Georgia Southwestern University in 1972 and a degree in Forestry from the University of Georgia - Warnell School of Forestry in 1978.

After accepting a position with International Paper in 1978, he moved his family to Pawleys Island, where he set roots and proliferated his family tree.

He was recognized throughout the community as a little league coach in the 1980s, a manager of local Timberlands throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and most recently a Saturday beach staple.

Mr. Ellis was well-read and always prepared to debate the quality of 1960s music, current affairs, or the state of the Bulldawg Nation!

Cleve is survived by his mother, Katie Ellis of Americus, Ga.; his three children, Matthew Ellis (Leigh) and Christie Collins of Pawleys Island and Jennie Ellis of Atlanta, Ga.; his grandchildren, Kaileigh Collins, Madeline Ellis, Seth Ellis of Pawleys Island.

He is also survived by his younger brother, four younger sisters, and an extended cast of aunts, uncles, cousins, and family.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home in Pawleys Island.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Christ The King, Waccamaw Church located at 10172 Ocean Highway 17, Pawleys Island, SC.

An online guestbook is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Myrtle Martin

Myrtle Vernell Lambert Martin, age 85, widow of Roy Gardner, passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at National Health Care in Murrells Inlet.

Born on Jan. 25, 1928, in Georgetown, she was a daughter of the late Oscar Lambert and the late Blanch Owens Lambert.

Mrs. Martin enjoyed singing and listening to Patsy Cline. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two children, Ray Martin (Barbara) Martin and Brenda Mercer (Gerald), all of Georgetown; eight grandchildren, Waynette Mercer (Gene) of Aiken, S.C., Ty Mercer (Amanda) of Georgetown, Jack Martin of Georgetown, Amanda Martin of Georgetown, Sharon Martin of Georgetown, Rusty Martin of Georgetown, Brook Blakley (Joey) of Georgetown, Brandon Huggins of Georgetown, and Jade Martin of Aynor; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a special niece, Debby Rutkowski (Joe) of Georgetown; and a number of other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bubba Martin; a sister, Betty Gibson; and a son in law, Wayne Mercer.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in the Graham Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Graham Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice of South Carolina, 137 Professional Lane Unit B Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of NHC of Murrells Inlet for their loving and compassionate care that they provided to their loved one.

Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements. www.grahamfuneralhome.org

Larry Ward

Larry E. Ward of Surfside Beach passed away on Jan. 16th, 2014 in Myrtle Beach.

Mr. Ward was born in Louisville, Ky. to Willard and Doris Ward on April 26, 1956.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement from Pfeiffer College in 1984 and a Master’s degree from Appalachian State University.

Mr. Ward was a law enforcement officer for 33 years, the last 18 years with the Georgetown Police Department.

He received multiple awards throughout his career, the most recent of which was Georgetown Police Department Officer of the Year for 2010.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Anne Ward.

Larry is survived by his son, Ricky of Summerville, S.C. and wife Mary; brother, David “Dusty” Ward of Charlotte, N.C. and wife Betty; girlfriend, Patricia Burns of Conway, S.C.; an uncle, Doug Ward of Washington; and brother-in-law, Staton Sholar of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Visitation was held at Goldfinch Funeral Home, in Murrells Inlet on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorial services were held at Surfside Presbyterian Church on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at 4 p.m. with Pastor Julian Riddle officiating.

Sign an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


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