Obituaries, January 31, 2014

  • Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, February 4, 2014 5:27 pm


Mildred Cross

Mildred Koger Cross, 84, widow of Julius A. Cross, passed away on Jan. 27 at Tidelands Community Hospice House.

Born on Feb. 27, 1929, on Wadmalaw Island, she was a daughter of the late James William Koger and the late Lillie Mae Davis Koger. Mrs. Cross was a member of Screven Baptist Church and the Esther Sunday school class. She was retired from the Georgetown County Auditor’s Office.

Survivors include six children, Richard E. Thames (Cathy) of Georgetown, Patricia Thames Query of James Island, Bonnie Thames Anderson (Dana) of Green Cove Springs, FL, Robin Williams Thomas (Marvin) of Asheville, N.C., Rufus “Bo” J. Thames Jr. (Hazel) of Awendaw and Dr. Beverly Williams Daniel (Dr. Sandy) of Columbia; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great grandchild; one sister, Janie Thomas of Mount Pleasant; numerous nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Wallace Cottingham and Leona Bostick both of Georgetown.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Rufus J. Thames Sr. and Lyonel E. Williams and Julius A. Cross; a grandson, Jason Thames; a great-grandson, Arden Thames; three sisters; and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Screven Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Graham Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Screven Baptist Church, PO Box 2776, Georgetown, SC 29442 or to Tidelands Community Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440.

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

Alethia Green

Alethia Green 92, of Pawleys Island died on Jan. 28 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Mitchell Adger. Burial will follow immediately in Mt. Zion Baptist church cemetery. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at Wilds Courtyard chapel. The remains will lie in state in the sanctuary of the church on Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Mrs. Green was born on March 3, 1921 a daughter of Mr. James Sherman and Mrs. Lucinda Nelson Sherman (both deceased).

Her survivors include her children; Ben Green Jr., Christopher Green, Marthena Ford, Vera Ford, and Mary Green all of Georgetown.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home LLC.

Harold Owen

Harold Harris Owen of Murrells Inlet, passed away on Jan. 28. He was born in Omaha, Neb., on May 19, 1931. He graduated from Licking High School in Licking, Miss., and served as an electronics technician for the US Navy on the USS-LST 836 during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife Arlene, his daughter and son-in-law Laura and Myles Gaythwaite, and his granddaughter Lindsay Cox. Harold enjoyed a long and successful career with Allied Chemical Corporation and later in life the County of Prince George, Va. Over the years he was an avid boater, golfer, and dessert connoisseur. He was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the Colonial Heights American Legion Post #284, and most recently a charter member of the South Strand Optimist Club in Pawleys Island.

Above all, Harold loved and cherished the time he spent with all of his friends and family. He never missed a special event and over the years it was not unusual to find Harold waiting tables at the Coach House Tavern so Laura could take a vacation day, or traveling to Myrtle Beach to sit at doll shows with Arlene, or polishing boots and hooves at horse shows with Laura, or tapping his toes enjoying Lindsay’s chorus performances and dance recitals, and most recently cheering on Lindsay’s beloved Virginia Tech Hokies football team. He never missed an opportunity to share words of wisdom and he had a strong love for God, family and country.

Haro1d’s life will be celebrated in a private ceremony held by the family.

Condolences may be made at:

To honor the memory of Harold and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Colonial Heights American Legion Post #284, P.0. Box 57, Colonial Heights, VA 23834.

The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Saxton

Helen Foss Saxton, 102, wife of the late Carlisle Reed Saxton, passed away peacefully on Jan. 22 at the Lakes at Litchfield, after living a long and rewarding life. She was 102, married for 66 years and was a remarkable wife, mother and grandmother - one of The Greatest Generation’s. Helen was born Jan. 6, 1912 in New Durham, N.H. She was raised on a dairy farm in Pembroke, N.H., the daughter of Frank Gorham Foss and Bessie Gertrude Hall.

Helen graduated from Pembroke Academy and Bates College, and then she received her master’s degree from Boston University. After graduating from Boston University she traveled by train to Macon, Ga., to teach at the Ballard Normal School, the first public black school in Macon. It is there she met Carlisle. After a few years of teaching she left Macon to move to Connecticut where she married and raised three children. Helen was a Cub Scout, Brownie, and Girl Scout leader for many years. Helen returned to teaching. She taught at Moses Y. Beach School retiring after 25 years. As a member of The First Congregational Church, she was active in the Women’s Fellowship and the sewing group. She belonged to the Retired Teachers Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 2009, soon after Carlisle’s death, Helen moved to South Carolina to join her daughters. She resided at the Lakes at Litchfield in Pawleys Island. Helen participated in beach walks, exercise classes, and experienced everything they had to offer, including riding a motorcycle at the age of 99 when the Rolling Thunder visited. Residents and staff loved her smile, her energy and her kindness.

She is survived by a son, Thomas Reed Saxton of Willington, Ct, a daughter Gail Tucker and her husband, Harold of Murrells Inlet, a daughter, Lynne Saxton Smith and her husband, Alan Smith of Murrells Inlet, and one granddaughter, Lauren DeFina and her fiancé Michael Billetdeoux of St. Petersburg, Fla., two nieces, Miriam Norman of Charlotte, N.C., and Roberta McMaster and her husband, John of Bonita Springs, Fla.

Helen was predeceased by her brother, Warren G. Foss, and by her two sisters, Alice M. Foss and Hazel Foss.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Regency Hospice, 11943 Grand Haven Drive, Suite A, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or another charity of your choice.

A Celebration of her Life will be held on Feb. 11 from 1:30-3 p.m. at The Lakes at Litchfield in the Charleston Dining Room.

Condolences may be made at:

The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is in charge of arrangements.


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