Obituaries, March 12, 2014

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

Harlis Mullins and his wife, Rena “Rita” Byrd Mullins.



Cynthia Earleen Jarrell Kennedy, age 66, of Andrews, S.C.

Mary Joyce Hicks of Queens, N.Y., formerly of Georgetown, S.C.


Grezelda Grant

Grezelda V. Grant, age 60, of McClellanville died on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Tidelands Hospice in Georgetown.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014 in McClellanville at New Wappertaw Presbyterian Church, 635 Pinckney Street.

Mrs. Grant was born on Sept. 17, 1953 in Reidsville, N.C., to the marital union of Coach Vernon Rogers and Zelma Fraser.

Zelda, as she was fondly called, was an honor student at Howard High School in Georgetown, and, in 1971 graduated from Leto High School in Tampa, Fla., where her family had relocated.

She attended Massey College for Fashion Design, Atlanta, Ga., the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla., and Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla..

For 18 years, Zelda served as artist coordinator for Sweet Honey in the Rock, was a member of the McClellanville Arts Council, the SC Arts Council, and an instructor at the Charleston Child Development Center.

She was employed as a Creative Administrative. Assistant with Gullah Geechee Corridor Cultural Heritage Commission, and an art assistant at St. James Santee Elementary School.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Zelma Carr of Georgetown; two sons, Ian Grant of Doraville, Ga., and Kevin Grant of Decatur, Ga.; one brother, Kenneth Rogers of Stone Mountain, Ga.; and one sister, Octavia Ivory of Fayetteville, N.C.

Funeral services are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Pamela Hughes

Pamela Owens Hughes, age 45, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Winston Salem, N.C.

Born on December 2, 1968, in Georgetown, she was a daughter of Carolyn Lee Owens & Kenneth E. Owens.

Mrs. Hughes was a graduate of Georgetown High School and attended Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. and the University of New Mexico at Clovis, N.M.

She was employed as a dental assistant in New Mexico and office manager to a dental practice while in Kentucky.

Mrs. Hughes spent the majority of her adult life as a homemaker for her family.

Although presently a resident of Winston-Salem in her heart, no matter where her travels took her, she always considered Georgetown County as her home.

Survivors include her husband, Jodie Hughes of Winston Salem; a daughter, Paige Hughes of Winston Salem; a son, Phillip Hughes of Montgomery, Alabama; her mother, Carolyn Lee Owens of Florence, S.C.; her father, Kenneth Owens and stepmother Inez S. Owens, both of Scranton, S.C.; one beloved sister, Paulette Glisson of Pawleys Island; and a niece and two nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014 in the Graham Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Georgette King

Georgette Williams King, age 66, of Murrells Inlet, died Friday, March 7, 2014 at Tidelands Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Conway, Georgette was the daughter of the late Harold H. Williams and Velma Nance Williams. Georgette was a graduate of Winyah High School.

A certified nursing assistant, Georgette worked for many years at Covenant Towers and NHC where her love and compassion for the elderly went beyond her work.

Her calling allowed her to build special bonds with her patients. Georgette also loved decorating and her flowers. She is predeceased by a sister, Betty Williams Cameron.

Survivors include her daughter, Heather Loraine K. (Chris) Dapolite, Cary, N.C.; her sisters, Brenda Williams Altman of Murrells Inlet and Carolyn Williams (Squiz) Lightsey of Georgetown; a brother, Jesse Wayne Williams of Augusta, Ga.; granddaughter, Mary Olivia Dapolite; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews; and a very loving and special aunt, Loraine Nance (Dennis) Rowe of Murrells Inlet.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel.

A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tidelands Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.

Sign an on line guest book at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries

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

Randolph Kirkland Jr.

Randolph Withers Kirkland Jr. of Camden, S.C., died on March 7, 2014.

He was born in Camden on Sept. 1, 1920, son of Randolph Withers Kirkland and Louise Richardson Kirkland.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Walker Kirkland; daughters, Mary Richardson Kirkland of Seattle, Wash., Lucinda Walker Kirkland of Camden, and Fredericka Kirkland Arthur of San Diego, Calif. He was predeceased by a son, Randolph Withers Kirkland III; brothers, Joseph Lane Kirkland and Thomas Jefferson Kirkland; and sisters, Mary Kirkland Reynolds and Katherine Kirkland Crockett.

Mr. Kirkland graduated from Clemson College in 1941 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and then entered the General Electric Co. Test Program in Lynn, Mass. until called up for active duty in the U.S. Army Infantry.

He served in the South Pacific ending as Captain and Operations Officer 3rd Battalion 511TH Parachute Infantry.

His awards included the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation and Combat Infantry Badge.

Upon release from active duty in 1946, Mr. Kirkland returned to General Electric Co. in Schenectady, N.Y.

He participated in the rebuilding of the steel industries in Italy and France under the Marshall Plan.

The remainder of his career with GE was devoted to Metal Rolling Systems design and project management in the U.K., Europe, the Americas and the Far Eat.

He also served on the planning commissions of Schenectady and Georgetown.

Mr. Kirkland retired from GE as manager of support engineering in the Industrial Control Department in Mebane, N.C., retired to Pawleys Island, Charleston and Hagood before settling at last in Camden.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Hagood, S.C.

Burial will held at a later date in the family plot in Quaker Cemetery in Camden. Memorials may be made of the Church of the Ascension, P.O. Box 129, Rembert, SC 29128.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the Kirkland family by visiting www.kornegay.com.

Benjamin Lambert Jr.

Benjamin Bell “Benjie” Lambert Jr., 47, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at his home.

Born on March 29, 1966, in Georgetown, he was a son of the late Benjamin Bell Lambert, Sr. and the late Carol Ann Clemmons Howard.

Mr. Lambert attended Georgetown First Assembly of God and enjoyed fishing and his dogs.

Survivors include a stepfather, Lonnie Howard of Georgetown; two sisters, Della Bryant (Greg) of Georgetown and Tracy Russ (Dennis) of Georgetown; one nephew, Dalton Bryant of Georgetown; two nieces, Meghan Goins (Wendell) of Anderson and Lindy Hall of Georgetown; a great nephew, Jackson Truluck of Anderson; and a number of several cousins and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bennie and Pearline Lambert; maternal grandmother, Lena Gaddy; and a brother, Raymond P. Lambert.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Georgetown First Assembly of God with Rev. Dave Hoskins officiating.

The family will receive friend following the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Allison Brooke Howell Nursing Scholarship Fund, 331 St. James St. Georgetown, SC 29440 or to St. Frances Animal Shelter, 125 N. Ridge St. Georgetown, SC 29440.

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

Harlis Mullins

Harlis Buford Mullins, age 81, of Andrews departed this life on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Mullins was born the son of Dennis Mullins and Alta Bowlings Mullins on July 21, 1932 in Kentucky. He was a retired employee with Andrews Wire Mill and was a United States Army Veteran.

He leaves behind: his wife, Rena “Rita” Byrd Mullins; four children, Gene (Wanda) Mullins, Patty Lynch, Linda (Reese) Carroll, and Mary Phillips; three step-children, Jackie Burleson, Jimmy Byrd, and Dennis Byrd; sixteen grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. He also leaves behind: a brother, Glenn (Mary) Mullins.

He was predeceased by: his parents; a son, Henry Mullins; a step-daughter, Sheila Burleson; a brother, Henry Mullins; and three sisters, Resona Baker, Danola Irshkin and Jerry Cornett.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.

The Mullins family will receive family and friends immediately following the service at the Andrews Chapel.

McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mullins family. Online condolences may be sent to McKenziechapels.com or on our Facebook page.

William Olliff

William Alto Olliff, age 78 of Pawleys Island died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Waccamaw Community Hospital.

He was born on May 26, 1935 in Panama City, Fla., a son of the late William A. Olliff Jr. and Florrie Williams Olliff.

He was predeceased by a brother, Mike Olliff; a sister, Florrie Lee Olliff, and nephew, Stephen Olliff.

He was a Life Member of the NRA, the Episcopal Faith, a U.S. Army Veteran, and retired from Georgetown County Tax Assessors Office.


Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Anne Arrants Olliff; a son, Will Olliff of Columbia; two daughters, Kathy and husband Style Rodriguez of Myrtle Beach and Meredith Olliff of Columbia. He is “Daddy Bill” to his two grandchildren, PFC David Johnson, USMC and Kalee Rodriguez of Myrtle Beach.

He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ray and Gwen Arrants of Bethune; two nieces, Apryl (Pete) Hathaway and Rebeka (Joe) Arrants; and one nephew, Chris (Rebecca) Olliff; and three great nephews, Owen and Max Hathaway and Wyatt Olliff, all of Charlotte, N.C.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Burroughs Funeral Home of Murrells Inlet.

Memorial donations may be made in William’s name to a charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be made at: www.burroughsfh.com

The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3558-A Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is in charge of arrangements.


Shirley Polson

Shirley Jean Lane Polson, 64, of Georgetown, the beloved wife of James R. “Bobby” Polson, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at her residence.

Mrs. Polson was born the daughter of Pittman Mac Lane and Frances Elizabeth Capps Lane on April 12, 1949 in Marion.

She attended the Grace Temple Church.

She committed her life to acts of selfless giving and an unconditional love for her family to earn her the distinguished titles — Beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.

She leaves behind her father; her husband; two children, Sherry Elaine (Robert Geddings) Polson and Ronald Wayne Polson; and four grandchildren, Hunter, Justin, Samantha-Jo, and Shelby. She also leaves behind two sisters, Julia Carol (Oneal) Bone and Joyce Ann (Charlie) Graham; and a brother, Donnie Mac Lane.

She was predeceased by her mother; and a brother, John William Lane.

A Going Home Celebration was held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens directed by McKenzie Funeral Home.

Visitation was prior to the service from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Chapel.

McKenzie Funeral Home was honored to serve the Polson family.

Full obituary may be viewed and online condolences may be sent to McKenziechapels.com or on our Facebook page.

Arynn Swails

Arynn Victorya Swails passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Born on February 19, 2014 she was the infant daughter of Vernon O. Swails and Avia C. Littlejohn.

Survivors include her mother and father of Georgetown; one brother, O’Brian J. Swails of Georgetown; maternal grandparents, Adrian Littlejohn of Pittsburg, Pa. and Sandra Ward of Spring, Texas; paternal grandparents, James and Hope Swails of Georgetown; maternal great grandparents, Joe and Pat Murray of Shelby, NC; paternal great grandparents, Mary and Vernon Swails of Georgetown; three aunts, Sandie Johnson (Ryan) of Georgetown, Ambyre Murray of Spring, TX and Katelyn Ward of Spring, TX; two uncles, Aron Littlejohn of Spring, TX and Kaleb Ward of Spring, TX; and a host of great aunts, uncles and other family members.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Graham Funeral Home.

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

Martha Taylor

Martha Geathers Mickel Taylor, age 85, a retired school teacher, died on March 6, 2014 at her residence in the North Santeecommunity of Georgetown.

Funeral services for Mrs. Taylor were held at noon on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Bethel A.M.E Church in Georgetown, conducted by Rev. Dr. Charmaine Ragin.

Burial followed at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church cemetery in North Santee.

Mrs. Taylor was born on August 3, 1928 in Georgetown to the marital union between James Geathers and Mrs. Charlotte Mitchell Geathers.

Her parents and an adopted brother, Johnnie L. Geathers, all predeceased her.

Her secular education was received in the public schools of Georgetown County and in 1946 she graduated from Howard High School.

In 1957 she earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Allen University, Columbia, S.C.

Further studies were pursued at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C., Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. and The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.

Service to children, church and community was her life’s work.

For decades Mrs. Taylor taught in the public schools of Georgetown and Charleston counties and at Southeastern Business College of Charleston.

She was equally active in the church as a senior steward, a member of several choirs and she visibly served on the local, conference, Episcopal and connectional levels of the Women’s Missionary Society.

In the community her involvement was profoundly felt in membership drives for the NAACP, the Allen University Club, the Howard High Alumni Association, the North Santee Community Center and the Mu Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Surviving are her children, Lorenzo C. Mickel of Hockessin, Dela., Albert F. Mickel of Phoenix, Ariz., Sam E. Mickel of Charlotte, N.C., Deborah J. Stoner of Jacksonville, Fla., Marceda O. Snipe and Frank Taylor II of North Charleston, S.C.

Funeral arragements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home.

Robert Wishart

Robert C. Wishart, age 85, of Murrells Inlet and Western Massachusetts, passed away on March 4, 2014.

He was the adored and adoring husband of Jane McSweeney Wishart for 48 wonderful years; beloved and devoted father of Martha M. Wishart of Framingham, Mass., Hannah H. Acton of Waxhaw, N.C., and Sara C. Wishart of Stuart, Fla.; and grandfather of Aidan Marlowe Wishart O’Connell of Framingham, Mass.

Born in Greenfield, Mass. on Jan. 1, 1929, Bob was a proud first generation Scots-American.

He earned a B.A. in Communications from Boston University.

Mr. Wishart was a U.S. Army veteran, who served in the Korean War in Special Services as Director of Radio Gypsy, an Armed Forces radio station near the DMZ.

During his career, Bob was managing director at the B.J. Kendall Company in Griswoldville, Mass., a freelance writer, a volunteer firefighter for the town of Conway, and was an active member of “The Stockade Players,” a theater company in Deerfield.

Mr. Wishart then became a corporate writer/producer/director for Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company in Springfield, and received several prestigious awards for his corporate video productions.

He moved from Massachusetts to Georgetown in 1992, where he then worked at historic Hampton Plantation, and at the Kaminski House Museum.

Mr. Wishart also leaves two sisters, Catherine Jane Swallow of Fairfax, Va. and Heather Martin, of Madison, Conn.; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Martha Ann and John Conant, of Conway, Mass,; and many nieces and nephews.

His charm, wit, gentleness, and humor will be missed, but long-remembered by his friends and family.

His wife and daughters are thankful for the boundless love he showed them, and for all the happy years they had with him.

A Southern remembrance gathering will be held at the Woodlake Village Club House at 155 Woodlake Drive, Murrells Inlet on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Friends are welcome to come and celebrate Bob.

The family also plans to hold a gathering in New England at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory can be made to: Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc., 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.

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