Obituaries, Jan. 22, 2014

  • Wednesday, January 22, 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.

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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.

Mary Cannon

Mary Jeannette Kirton Cannon, widow of Calvin Carnell Cannon, Sr., the chosen daughter of the late Olin David and Leita Sedgwick Kirton, of Lane, SC, died January 19, 2014 at her home.

Jeannette was born on February 13, 1929, in Mullins, SC, to the late Cornie Mae Willoughby Israel and William Gordon Alford and was given up for adoption. She found her biological family in 1984. A 1946 graduate of Kingstree High School, she and her husband were married for almost 56 years. Jeannette was a member of Friendfield Presbyterian Church, where she was very active, the Woodmen of the World, a Cub Scout Den Mother in the 1950s and ’60s, as well as the operator of a nursery in the 1970s and ’80s until her health forced her to close it. Her hobbies were reading, crocheting, cross stitch, scrapbooking, quilting, and tending to her flowers.

Survivors include two sons, Calvin C. Cannon, Jr. (Sarah) of Spartanburg, SC and Gerald Cannon (LuAnn) of Georgetown, SC; one daughter, Dianne C. Pope (Kenny) of Georgetown, SC, seven grandchildren, Jeannette E. “Lisa” Dillard (Christopher), Susan L. Crisafulli (Nicolas), Richard L. Pope (Stacy), Kenneth W. Pope, Jr. (Stacey), Kristi P. Benton (Gregory), Leslie C. Shumard (Jamey), and Mary C. Walker (Luke), fifteen great grandchildren; a sister, Phoebe K. Roquemore; two half-sisters, Bernice A. Summerlin and Juanice A. Terry; three half- brothers, Malcolm Alford, Lonzo Israel, and J.E. Israel, and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by her parents; husband; four half sisters, Irene I. Cook, Esther I. Hiers, Gladys A. Everhardt, and Grace A. Herring; and two half- brothers, Leo Israel and Carly Alford.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Friendfield Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Graham Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friendfield Presbyterian Church. P.O. Box 431, Georgetown SC 29442.

Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements.

Hilbern B. Collins

Hilbern B. Collins, 86, husband of Mary Estelle Lambert Collins, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014 at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.

Born on January 28, 1927, in Conway, he was a son of the late Hal Collins and the late Essie Sellers Collins. Mr. Collins was a US Navy veteran and was a member of Saints Delight Pentecostal Holiness Church. He enjoyed shrimping, fishing and playing the guitar.

Survivors include his wife of Georgetown; a son-in-law, Thomas Lee Betterton, III of Daphne, AL; a granddaughter, Tiffany Shenoy (Dr. Nolan) of Atlanta, GA; four great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; four step-children; 16 step-grandchildren; and a number of step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Teri Collins Betterton and Judy Collins; two brothers, Lehman Collins and Ham Collins; and a sister, Foyedell Brock.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Saints Delight Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Chris Browder officiating.

Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Dozier

Willie Dozier, 75, formerly of Georgetown, SC died on Saturday January 18, 2014 at LePac Augusta Hills Nursing Care facility in Augusta, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel conducted by Rev. Willie Ford. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014 at Florence National Cemetery in Florence, SC.

Mr. Dozier was born on April 6, 1938 a son of Mr. Willie Dozier Sr. and Mrs. Pearl Dozier (both deceased).

Survivors include his children; William Dozier, Mrs. Deborah Dozier-Alston, and Ms. Janice Dozier all of Georgetown, SC., Stanley Dozier of St. Paul, MN., Jimmy Dozier of Columbia, SC., and Ms. Elaine Dozier of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his siblings, Robert Lee Dozier of Fayetteville, N.C., Rodney Dozier of Port Charlotte, Fla., Mrs. Flora Mae Butler of Georgetown, S.C., Theodore Dozier, and Mrs. Theopia Greedidge both of Bronx, NY.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home LLC.

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.

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

Richard Austin Gilbert

Richard Austin “Dick” Gilbert of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C. He was 97.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 6, 1916, to Phil Edward and Florence Miller Gilbert, he graduated from Evanston High School then Dartmouth College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 1939. He was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity and was a star backstroke swimmer on the Dartmouth swim team, where for many years he held several college records. He was slated to swim in the 1940 Olympics until they were canceled due to the Second World War. Upon graduation, he enlisted in Officer Candidate School at Duke University and was then transferred to Florence, South Carolina as a Major in the US Army, Air Corps. He met his wife of 61 years, Marie Laurence Rogers, in Florence where they married in 1946, launching a devoted and loving partnership. Initially, Marie and Dick lived in South Carolina where he was a Vice President with Liberty Life Insurance Corporation. Their son Richard Austin Gilbert, Jr. was born, followed by their daughter, Marie Laurence Gilbert. Shortly after the birth of their second child, Dick was called to serve in Korea as a major in the Air Force, where he was active for twelve months.

Returning from Korea, he accepted a position as Corporate Comptroller of McDonnell Douglas Aircraft and moved his family to St. Louis, where Dick was involved in setting up the computer systems for McDonnell Douglas which included the system for the first satellite to orbit the earth carrying chimpanzees. He later became Vice President of Mead Paper Corporation and moved his family to Dayton, Ohio, at which point he was recognized as a leading pioneer in computer systems for large corporations. In 1969, they moved to Greensboro, N.C. where his family resided for 35 years, during which he worked as Vice President with Burlington Industries. Initially retiring in 1975, he returned to the corporate world as the Court Appointed Trustee of the Washington Group for several years. He semi-retired again, working for himself as a part-time financial advisor and spending time in the places he and Marie loved. They built their dream beach home in DeBordieu Colony in South Carolina, splitting their time between the beach, Greensboro and their lovely winter hideaway in Stuart, Florida. Dick and Marie felt at home on the coast, and their time at the beach brought many guests to share their island homes along with children and grandchildren for over 30 years.

In 2006, as Dick was approaching his 90th birthday and Marie was making headlines in the literary world as a regionally and nationally known poet, the couple decided to move to a retirement community in Laurinburg, N.C. so that Marie could be close to St. Andrews College where she taught, wrote poetry, and attended classes. They loved being close to the coast, midway between the homes of both children, Austin and Laurie. When Marie suffered a stroke at age 83 from which she subsequently died, Dick moved to the Cedars of Chapel Hill Retirement Community where he met many friends and enjoyed the surroundings of the Chapel Hill community.

During their lifetimes, Dick and Marie established an endowment for the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series and an endowment for the Tuck School of Business, Finance Faculty. He was also a member of numerous community boards, a devoted member of Kiwanis, and a loyal Salvation Army supporter.

Dick was a dear friend and valued advisor to many, a loving and devoted husband, and a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by two children, son Richard Austin Gilbert, Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Young Gilbert of Florence, SC; daughter, Laurie Gilbert Sanford and her husband, James Terry Sanford Jr. of Durham, NC; four granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014, in St. Philips Episcopal Church in Durham, NC.

Memorials may be made to the Duke Cancer Center, 20 Duke Medicine Circle, Durham, NC 27710, or Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Gilbert family.

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.

Susan Moultrie

Susan Moultrie, 91, of the North Santee section of Georgetown died on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon on Monday, January 20, 2014 at House of Prayer Church of God in Christ Jesus conducted by Overseer Jimmy Smith. Burial followed immediately in the church’s cemetery.

Mrs. Moultrie was born on January 24, 1920 a daughter of Mr. Julius Grayson and Mrs. Julia Grant (both deceased).

Survivors Include; her children Willie Moultrie of New Brunswick, NJ., Ms. Pamela Weatherspoon of Georgetown, S.C., her siblings Mrs. Bernice McCray and Mrs. Lillie Mae Britton, both of Conway, S.C., and a special granddaughter, Ms. Yolanda Moultrie of Georgetown, S.C.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home LLC.

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.

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


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