Obituaries, April 16, 2014

  • Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Updated Friday, April 18, 2014 2:47 pm

James Collins



Annie Mae Brown, age 88, of Lake City, S.C.

Francis M. Lewis, age 77, of Hemingway, S.C.

Anna McFadden, age 68, of Hemingway, S.C.


James Collins

James “Gaston” Collins, age 93, of Murrells Inlet, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at his daughter’s residence.

Born in Toddville, S.C., he was the son of the late Jim and Anna Collins.

Mr. Collins graduated from Socastee High School and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

He retired from International Paper and was also a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet.

Gaston enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth “Boogie” Cooper Collins; siblings, Thorburn Collins, Junior Collins, Elwyn Collins, Nina Elliott, Frances Stillwell and Lila McKenzie.

Survivors include his children, Thomas Collins and his wife, Barbara of Murrells Inlet, and Rhonda Floyd and her husband, Mark of Goose Creek; grandchildren, Mattie Powers and her husband, Nick, Felicia Collins and her significant other, Matt, Angela Collins and Tommy Collins; and a great-grandchild, Sahailla Collins.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Douglas Bohler officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel.

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Memorial donations may be made to Roper Hospice, 1483 Tobias Gadson Blvd, Suite 208A, Charleston, SC 29407.

The Collins family would like to extend a special thanks to the special angels from Roper Hospice, Karen, Francine, Sara, Jay, John and Chelsa.

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

Mary McAllister

Mary Stevens McAllister of Pawleys Island, a true daughter of the South, took her leave from this earth at sunrise on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Mary was born in Greenville, S.C., in 1949, the daughter of Henry and Mary Stevens.

She graduated from Ashley Hall in 1968 and received an Associate’s Degree from the University of South Carolina.

She was equally at home cooking a gourmet meal, putting a field trial retriever through its paces, or catching her limit of flounder in the Pawleys Island creek.

She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Trimble, sister-in-law, JoEtta Floyd, many loving friends and her two loving “girls” – Border Terriers, Lizzie and Bella.

She was a lifelong member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a founding member and past-president of the Palmetto Retriever Club, a founding member and secretary for many years of the Pawleys Island Civic Association, was elected to Pawleys Island Town Council for 12 years, was a founding member of the SC Maritime Museum and a tireless volunteer with the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.

Mary worked with Pawleys Island Realty for 15 years.

She thoroughly enjoyed helping her clients, many of which became her friends, find their home or second home in Pawleys Island.

Mary loved good friends, good wine, good books, good food and good dogs. She will be greatly missed by all those who had the opportunity to know and love her.

A private memorial service will be held in Georgetown.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440.

Clara Rion

Clara Port Rion, age 91, of Pawleys Island died peacefully surrounded by all of her children on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Waccamaw Regional Medical Center.

Born in Bucksport, S.C., Clara was the daughter of the late Franklin and Rebecca Cox Port.

In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Weir Rion; her brothers, Joseph and Thomas Port; and her sister, Reba Williams.

“Miss Clara” was married for 45 years to her one true love Samuel Weir Rion.

Coming of age during The Great Depression, the two became business partners when they opened Rion’s Family Shoes in Georgetown in 1954, an iconic presence on Front Street for over 30 years.

The two were also accomplished bridge partners who traveled the world on many duplicate bridge cruises.

Sam and Clara were also fishing buddies who especially loved trolling for flounder and spent many days and nights on their beloved houseboat, The Sand Bar Queen, always with a large crew of family and friends.

Mrs. Rion is best remembered as an outstanding cook, who would enthusiastically “throw together” a meal of homemade clam chowder and fried local shrimp for gatherings of 20 or more family and friends.

Sam and Clara were frequent hosts to many neighbors, friends, and “adopted children” who fondly recall Clara’s bountiful meals, card games, ping-pong, horseshoes, tennis, and swimming at their home of many years on South Island Road in Georgetown.

Mrs. Rion was also a life-long gardener. She was very blessed to continue living in her Pawleys Island home, which she leaves behind surrounded by an array of gorgeous flowers, strawberries, peppers, and tomatoes she helped plant this spring.

Survivors include sons, Samuel Weir Rion Jr. (Anna Perry) of Georgetown; Gerald Port “Jerry” Rion (Judy Cooper) of Surfside; James Allen Rion (Sara Olsen) of Raleigh, N.C.; and daughters, Angela Bunn (Joseph) of Pawleys Island; and Julia Rion of Haddonfield, N.J.; her grandchildren, Katherine Rion Mikolojczwk (David), Gerald Port Rion Jr. (Lynnette), Rob Rion Bunn (Amy), Samuel Weir Rion III (Kim), Herbert Wilhelm Rion, Sara Emily Patterson (Stewart), Joseph Ralston Bunn III (Becca), Margaret Hunter Rion, Zoe Helena Nahatis, and Angela Rion Nahatis; and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family received friends and relatives on Monday, April 14, at 10 am at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

The service followed at 11 a.m. with internment following at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens, directed by Mayer Funeral Home of Georgetown.

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Memorial gifts may be made to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road, Georgetown, SC 29440 or any charity of choice.

Maurisette Thomas-Snow

Maurisette Nicole Thomas-Snow, age 51, formerly of Georgetown, died on Monday, April 7, 2014 in Stafford, Va.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Greater St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, Georgetown, conducted by Rev. Carl Anderson.

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Cemetery in Pawleys Island.

Mrs. Snow was born on Sept. 16, 1962, in Tucson, Ariz., a daughter of Rudolph Thomas and Mildred Izzard Thomas Sanders.

Both parents and a brother, Rudolph Jr. are deceased.

Sometime after having graduated from high school, Maurisette became a gymnastics instructor and worked for a number of years in that capacity.

Survivors include her children: Lynique Nicole Scott Nesbitt , David Scott, Chawmia Dowdy and Jalesa Daniels; two brothers and a sister, Anthony Thomas, Melissa Proctor and Gerard Thomas.

Funeral services are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.


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