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Obituaries June 25, 2014

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Genelle Abrams

Mrs. Genelle Smith Abrams, 91, of Andrews, widow of Ollie James Abrams, passed away on Thurs., June 19, 2014, in Williamsburg Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Abrams was born March 30, 1923, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Richard Leon Smith and Etta Boyd Smith. She was a graduate of Andrews High School and Coker College. She retired after 32 years of teaching at Salters, Johnsonville, and Williamsburg Elementary Schools. Mrs. Abrams was a member of Spring Gulley Baptist Church, where she was active in the Women’s Missionary Union and the Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

Surviving are: her son, James Richard (Mary) Abrams Sr., of Andrews; grandson, James Richard (YeVonne) Abrams Jr, of Andrews; granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Abrams Pope, of Conway; and great grandchildren, Allison and James Abrams.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Sun., June 22, 2014, in Spring Gulley Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Williamsburg Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Spring Gulley Baptist Church, c/o Amanda Taylor, 2456 US Hwy 521, Andrews, SC 29510.

James Bassett

James M. Bassett, Jr., 90, widower of Rosa Neely Bassett, passed away on Fri., June 20, 2014 at Veterans Victory House in Walterboro.

Born on April 6, 1924 in Athol, Mass., Mr. Bassett was a son to the late James M. Bassett, Sr. and the late Hazel Newell Bassett. Mr. Bassett was a US Navy veteran having served in WWII and was a member of Screven Baptist Church and the Keystone Sunday school class. He was retired from International Paper Mill and was a member of the Pine Tree Club. Mr. Bassett enjoyed fishing and reading.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty B. McLeod and Jeanette B. Duncan (Paul), three grandchildren; Paige Fuhrer (Tim), Courtney Humphries (Robbie) and Kyle Duncan (Jessica), three great grandsons; three great granddaughters; one brother, Norman Bassett of Athol, Mass.; one sister, Helen Jewitt of Athol, Mass.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Mon., June 23, 2014 at Screven Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Williams officiating. Burial followed in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Screven Baptist Church, Post Office Box 2776, Georgetown, SC 29440.

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

Sybil Bennett

Sybil DeWitt Bennett, 77, of Georgetown, a beloved mother and the widow of James “Jim” Bennett, departed this life, Sun., June 22, 2014.

Mrs. Bennett was born the daughter of Cordie Whitehart DeWitt and Lenora Amanda James DeWitt-Huggins on Sept. 20, 1936 in Pamplico. She was a 1953 graduate of Johnsonville High School where she was a star basketball player. After marrying Jim, they began attending the University of South Carolina and started a family. Just a few years later with her young family, Sybil began traveling the world, living in far off places like Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, and the Netherlands. Wherever Sybil went she made friends and kept in touch with many of them for the rest of her life. One of her favorite ways of making friends was through duplicate bridge clubs, and she eventually earned the Bronze Life Master from the American Contract Bridge League. She was an avid sports fan, and when she wasn’t pulling for the Gamecocks, she was pulling for one of her grandchildren’s teams to win. Sybil always had the greenest thumb and though she claimed she didn’t know how she did it, her garden was the most beautiful around. She leaves a legacy of strength and stability for Sybil was the backbone of her family. Though she never took credit for their accomplishments, nothing would have been possible without her love and support. There aren’t enough words to explain how much she loved her family and how much they love her.

Sybil and Jim were married in 1953 and celebrated 58 years together. Their home was blessed with: two daughters, Charlotte B. Moore and Mandy B. Pegram; six grandchildren, Emily (Richard) Donaldson, Erin Pegram, April Pegram, Christina Moore, Casey Pegram, and James Pegram; and two great-grandsons, Trevor P. Novotny and James Grady Donaldson. She also leaves behind: a sister, Marilyn Virginia (Lenair) Dewitt Altman.

She was predeceased by: her parents; her husband; and a sister, Nora Jean Cates.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m., Wed., June 25, 2014 at the Chapel of Duncan United Methodist Church. The Bennett family will receive family and friends immediately after the service in the chapel’s fellowship hall. Interment will follow in the Garden of Devotion at 1 p.m.

McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bennett family.

John Blount

John “Jack” Cannon Blount, 87, died Mon., June 23, 2014, at Tidelands Community Hospice House.

Mr. Blount was born in Georgetown on July 9, 1926, a son of the late Columbus Downing Blount and Susan Cornelia “Corrie” Cannon Blount Hardy. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Blount was a former manager of the Georgetown and Williamsburg County offices of the S.C. Employment Security Commission. He was a founding member of the Ribbon Club, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mr. Blount was an avid golfer and lover of life, and was always ready with a joke and a smile. He was a very accomplished musician and played several instruments, but was best known for his smooth vocals, especially for his signature song, Blue Moon. Mr. Blount will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Surviving are: his wife of nearly 62 years, Emily Barrineau Blount; three daughters, Suzanne Perritt (John) of Surfside Beach, and Jackie Walters (Sam) and Barbara Sossamon, both of Georgetown; three granddaughters, Lindsey Downing Walters of Pawleys Island, Laura Emily Walters of Georgetown, and Sarah Allyson Perritt of Surfside Beach; and a grandson, John Grayson Sossamon of Georgetown. Mr. Blount was predeceased by his step-father, John Hugh Hardy.

Funeral services will be held at ten o’clock on Thursday morning, June 26, 2014, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening, June 25, 2014, at the Church Fellowship Hall from five until seven o’clock.

Sign a guestbook at: www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials are suggested to: Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440, or to Tidelands Community Hospice House, Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Brabbham

Joseph Eugene “Gene” Brabham, 60, of Georgetown, passed away Sat., June 21, 2014 in Georgetown.

Mr. Brabham was born in Sumter a son of the late Robert Franklin and Maude Inez White Brabham. He was the owner and operator of Brabham Company.

And he also taught HVAC at Horry Georgetown Tech.

He was a veteran of the US Army 101 Airborne, the American Legion and was of the Methodist Faith. He loved fishing, hunting, gardening, woodworking, building furniture and was a true Civil War Buff.

Surviving are his wife, Frances Langley Brabham of the home; daughters, Jennifer (Chad) McCracken of Florence and Sara (Stephen) Stuckey of Nesmith; brother, Robin Brabham; sister, Gail Miles; grandchildren, Madalyn Kate Stuckey and Maverick Josiah McCraken.

Mr. Brabham was predeceased by a sister, Corinne Lacey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wed., June 25, 2014 in the Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Hemingway. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Wed. in the Sumter Cemetery in Sumter.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tues., June 24, 2014 at Morris Funeral Home, 416 N. Main St., Hemingway, SC 29554.

Please sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com.

Gerald Hunter

Gerald Hunter, on Sat., June 21, 2014, of Georgetown, took the journey to that Undiscovered Country from which no traveler returns and there was reunited with his beloved son, Brian, and his waiting family to establish his new home for those he leaves behind.

Gerald Fulmer Hunter, 68, was born the son of Walter Lester Hunter Sr. and Lizzie Cornelius Fulmer Hunter on Nov. 29, 1945 in Columbia. He was the owner and operator of F.C. Hill Feed & Seed. He was a 3rd Degree Master Mason and an active member of Harpers Lodge #225 in Andrews; the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Temple in Charleston; and the Omar-Shrine in Charleston. He was a charter member of the Omar Volunteers in Andrews where he served in numerous positions through the years such as past Director and Secretary-Treasury. Gerald graciously offered his business’ building as a meeting place until a permanent facility was found. When he wasn’t working the business or fulfilling his Shriners duties, he was an avid golfer.

Gerald married Carol Elizabeth Hill on Aug. 27, 1966 and celebrated 48 years together. Their home was blessed with: two children, Heath (Tammy) Hunter and Brian Christopher Hunter; and two grandchildren, Lauren and Christopher. He also leaves behind: a brother, Walter L. (Ann) Hunter, Jr.; and a sister, Linda Bordeaux.

In death, he was reunited with: his parents; a son, Brian; and a sister, Betty Faye Rogers.

A graveside service was at 5 p.m., Mon., June 23, 2014, at the Andrews Memorial Cemetery directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to: Omar Volunteers, 802 South Beech St., Andrews, SC 29510 or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 North Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

McKenzie Funeral Home was honored to serve the Hunter family.

Dr. John Mulkeen

Dr. John (Jack) Mulkeen, 79, of Murrells Inlet passed away peacefully June 19 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. Jack will be remembered for his ready laugh and love of family; his love of fishing and sailing were contagious. Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, he served in the Marines during the Korean War and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Fitchburg State College, a master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State College and a doctorate in counseling from Arizona State University. He worked as a psychologist with Georgetown County Mental Health and in private practice in Georgetown County for over 30 years. Jack was an avid golfer and member of Wachesaw Plantation Club.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kay Langdon Mulkeen; daughter, Patty Mulkeen Remoy (Eric) of Laurel, MD; stepdaughter, Debbie Pilcher Niedermeyer (Todd) of Mill Valley, CA; sister, Jean Belliveau of Fitchburg, MA; nephew, James Belliveau (Judy) of Fitchburg, MA; niece, Judy Belliveau of Arlington, MA; nephew, Stephen Belliveau (Sue) of Fitchburg, MA; nephew Brian Belliveau (Linda) of Fitchburg, MA; nephew Kieran Cloonan (Amanda); and grandchildren, Chet and Audrey Niedermeyer, Mill Valley, CA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Joanne Casey Mulkeen and his sister, Rita Mulkeen Cloonan.

Funeral service to be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Garden City at 10 a.m. on Thurs., June 26. A private graveside service for family will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to support Tara Hall Home for Boys, PO Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29442.

Barry Ray

Barry Larand “Randy” Ray, 56, passed away on Sat., June 21, 2014 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Born on April 20, 1958, in Georgetown, he was a son of the late Lloyd Ray and Janet Bellflower Ray Lambert. Mr. Ray was a member of Tilly Swamp Baptist Church and was the owner of Southern Metal Fabricators. He enjoyed cooking and collecting guns and knives.

Survivors include his mother of Georgetown; two sons, Brandon Ray and Justin Ray both of Conway; two grandchildren, Cassy Ray and Isabella Ray both of Conway; a brother, Ronny Ray of Pawleys Island; one nephew, Christopher Ray; and two nieces, Schyler Ray and LeeAnn Ray.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kerry Ray.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wed., June 25, 2014 at Georgetown First Assembly of God with Rev. Scott Altman and Rev. Eddie Knight officiating. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family will received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Georgetown First Assembly of God.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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

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